Slow Down On The Roads

Slow Down On The Roads

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Police Peter Ryan

Rural Road Signs Help Spread Road Safety Message

Victor P Taffa

Road signs across rural Victoria will alert motorists to high-risk areas and help slow down speeding drivers.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan today announced that eight new signs were in place on freeways and highways in and out of Melbourne to reinforce the facts that speeding kills and cameras save lives.

“The signs are yet another way in which the Coalition Government is sending a strong message that if you speed, you will be caught.” Mr. Ryan said.

“We know that speeding contributes to about 30 % of all road fatalities, so if speeding motorists slowed down we’d reduce last year’s road toll of 288 to about 200.”

The eight new signs are located on the Princes Hwy at:

  • Tynong;
  • The South Gippsland Hwy at Lang Lang;
  • The Princes Hwy at Waurn Ponds;
  • The Hamilton Hwy at Fyansford;
  • The Midland Hwy at Gheringhap;
  • The Western Fwy at Melton;
  • The Calder Fwy at Diggers Rest;
  • The Hume Hwy at Beveridge.

Mr. Ryan said the signs displayed the message ‘High Risk Area, Police Enforcing Speed’ to notify motorists that if they exceeded the speed limit, they would be penalised.

“The signs will complement the 47 electronic variable messaging signs that have been used across Victoria since April and provide coverage on every major route outbound from Melbourne and Geelong to Victoria’s main rural cities.”

“Motorists in rural and regional Victoria are overrepresented in our road toll so we have to get the message through to people on these roads that one of the easiest ways to stay safe is to simply obey the speed limits.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the signs were part of the Coalition Government’s initiatives to provide transparency to Victoria’s speed camera use while making drivers aware of the dangers and reality of speeding.

“We are serious about reducing the road toll and highlighting the importance of safe and responsible driving, particularly as we head into the holiday period.” Mr. Ryan said.