• Speed limits worth a look

    Date: 2019.08.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    THERE’S been renewed discussion about increasing the speed limit on some of the state’s highways.
    Nanjing Night Net

    It’s not the first time this has been tossed around and it won’t be the last, and it always provokes a lot of spirited comment from those who think drivers would benefit from getting from A to B faster and those who think it’s literally an accident waiting to happen.

    Roads Minister Duncan Gay reignited the debate on Friday when he suggested the speed limit be increased along the Pacific and Hume highways, from 110km/h to 120km/h on dry days, claiming that current speed limits don’t reflect the latest automotive standards.

    The minister’s comments come after a decision in the Northern Territory where motorists were permanently allowed to choose their own speed along a 276km stretch of highway following a successful 18-month trial.

    The territory actually did away with its open speed limit in 2006, before doing an about-face, but the statistics were interesting before and after the changes.

    Apparently, more people died on their roads in the six years after the limit was set at a maximum of 130km/h than they did in the six years before the open speed limit was removed.

    It’s certainly food for thought, and the proposal of a higher limit on some of our state’s roads is certainly worth a look.

    Millions are being spent on the Pacific Highway to increase the number of kilometres of dual carriageway, and it’s worth considering that some of these improved stretches could stand a higher limit.

    But perhaps the state could first look at a more consistent spread of speed limits, which cause as much frustration for motorists as anything.

    Fifty, 60, 70, 80 and 100 limits can all occur within a few kilometres of each other on many of our major roads, including the New England Highway.

    Motorists can become so focused on abiding to these frequent rises and falls so as not to fall foul of a speed camera, that they could be forgiven for failing to concentrate on what’s in front of them.

    Higher limits are worth a community debate and at the end of the day, no-one is saying you have to travel at that increased speed if you’re not comfortable with it.

    If the road is up to it and a motorists are responsible enough to drive to their capabilities, then maybe it’s time to put an increased speed limit on trial.

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