Fewer die as speed limit cut
TOODYAY RoadWise Committee’s vision for all road users in the Shire of Toodyay is to have a positive driving experience with zero fatalities or serious injuries while advocating for safe roads and informing the community about safe road use.Read more
The local committee comprises nine energetic and very-focussed members including two local councillors, the Officer in Charge of Toodyay Police and representatives from the WA Local Government Association and Main Roads WA.
Remember, the speed limit on Toodyay Road was at one time 110km/h.
The number of lives lost as well as the serious injuries on that road were among the highest in the state.
At the request from the Shire of Toodyay following community feedback, Main Roads WA undertook a speed zone review and the speed limit was reduced from 110km/h to100 km/h and 90km/h.
Since then, the number of fatal and serious injury crashes have reduced considerably.
In fact, speed zoning was identified as a concern at public consultation forums held by the Road Safety Commission in Merredin and Toodyay.
However, some of our other local roads where speed limits revert to derestricted may give drivers a false impression that the road ahead is safe for all vehicles to travel at the maximum speed of 110km/h.
Drivers must take note that driving at the maximum speed limit is not compulsory and that we should all drive to the conditions of the road.
That includes light conditions, the weather, gradient and curves, volume and type of traffic, concealed entrances, seasonal situation, sight-lines and roadside vegetation.
Should you be concerned about a speed limit on any road we ask that the first point of contact is the Shire of Toodyay.
The shire council can then consider if it is a reasonable request and, if so, will refer the matter to Main Roads WA to undertake a speed zone review.
Toodyay RoadWise Committee