New campaign: Every driver travelling on Blue Mountains roads is being asked to ‘Slow Down in My Street’ and make our local roads safer for pedestrians, cyclist and motorists.Every driver travelling on Blue Mountains roads is being asked to ‘Slow Down in My Street’ and make our local roads safer for pedestrians, cyclist and motorists.
‘Slow Down in My Street’ is a local road safety project jointly funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and Blue Mountains City Council, with support from NSW Police.
Blue Mountains mayorMark Greenhillsaid “the aim of the ‘Slow Down in My Street’ campaign is simple, to make our local streets safer for everyone”. “There is just no need to speed. It is in everyone’s interest to slow down on local streets.”
Speed is the highest identifiable factor in crashes within the Blue Mountains. RMS data shows that there were 366 recorded crashes in the Blue Mountains local government area in 2014 with speed being a factor in 38 per centof these crashes.
Of the 366 recorded crashes, 91 occurred in residential/local areas with a 50km/hour or less speed limit.
The likelihood of being in a crash, resulting in serious casualty, rises significantly with even minor changes in travelling speed. Australian research shows that the risk of a serious casualty crash doubles with just a 5 km/hour speed increase on 60 km/hoururban roads.
The NSW Police Blue Mountains Local Area Command will be targeting speeding on local streets during the ‘Slow Down in My Street’ campaign in May and June. Fines and demerit points will be issued to any motorist caught speeding.
The campaign will be supported by ‘Slow Down in My Street’ stickers distributed to residents in the area targeted by the NSW Police. This will occur after the roll out of councils new household bins during May and June 2016. Council is asking residents to apply the sticker to the right side of their rubbish bin as an ongoing reminder for motorists to slow down in our local streets.
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