Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Police Peter Ryan
Roadside Signs Spread Safety Message For Motorists
Victor P Taffa
The first phase of a state-wide rollout of roadside safety signs is officially in place after Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan today threw the switch on one of the signs in Gippsland.
Mr. Ryan said the electronic trailer-mounted sign on the Princess Highway, between Pakenham and Drouin, was one of 15 variable messaging signs now operating on three of the state’s highways.
“These signs are part of the Coalition Government’s multi-tiered approach to increasing road safety awareness, particularly now during the schools holidays and with Easter just around the corner.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Easter long weekend is notorious for fatalities and so the government, in consultation with Victoria Police and VicRoads, has ensured 15 high-risk locations have signs in place alerting motorists to drive carefully, as Police will be enforcing speed limits in the area.”
“The 15 sites on the Calder, Western and Princes Highways have been chosen based on previous crash data, and because they do not have any fixed speed cameras.”
Mr. Ryan said the electronic signs would display “High Risk Area, Police Enforcing Speed” to notify motorists that if they exceeded the speed limit, they would be penalised.
“Unfortunately motorists in regional and rural areas are currently disproportionately represented in the state’s road toll.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Coalition is serious about reducing the road toll and raising awareness of how important it is for motorists to behave responsibly on our roads.”
The 15 variable messaging, trailer-mounted signs will be placed in locations on the Calder Highway between Melbourne and Bendigo; on the Western Highway between Melbourne and Burrumbeet (near Ballarat); and on the Princes Highway between Melbourne and Sale.
Mr. Ryan said work had already begun on the second phase of the project which would involve a broader state-wide rollout of electronic and fixed signs based on detailed information about serious and fatal crashes throughout Victoria.
“Regardless of whether there are fixed cameras operating on a stretch of road, Police will enforce the speed limit with on-the-spot fines and mobile speed cameras to ensure that those who break the speed limit are penalised accordingly.” Mr. Ryan said.