Speed limit change in Kew will reduce confusion and increase safety (1.4.2014)

Written on the 2 April 2014

Regular users of the popular High Street in Kew, between Denmark Street and Derby Street, will notice a change to the speed limit from Sunday, April 6.

A 40km/h zone will be enforced between 8am-7pm every Sunday to align with the 40km/h zone already in place Monday-Saturday. The change will make the speed limit in the busy area less confusing and more consistent.

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier said regular users of the road would need to be aware of the changes and modify their speed accordingly.

Ms Crozier said the decision to bring the speed limit into line with the rest of the week was made in consultation with the community, as part of the Victorian Speed Limit Review.

“One of the key outcomes of the Victorian Speed Limit Review was to reduce the number of changes to speed limits along short sections of road to make it easier for drivers to comply with,” Ms Crozier said.

“On this occasion, it has been decided that the removal of the 60km/h zone between 8am-7pm on a Sunday, and replace it with a 40km/h zone will deliver a more logical and consistent speed zone for that stretch of road, while keeping speeds appropriate for the area.”

Ms Crozier said that Sunday was a peak trading day in the area, and it was important to protect the safety of pedestrians, no matter what day they chose to be in the area.

“I cannot stress strongly enough that drivers need to be aware of the speed limit at all times. Speed kills, this we know for sure, and the removal of the number of speed limits will reduce the confusion that drivers were telling us they experience,” Ms Crozier said.

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