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40 km/h Area Speed Limits

Council is committed to meeting the State Governments target to reduce crashes by 30% by 2020. To achieve this, we are investigating and investing in a number of road safety treatments in our Council, from physical devices to other ways to change driver behaviour. Lower speed limits have been proven to have an immediate impact on crashes where they have been introduced, as well as amenity benefits for residents. 40 km/h area speed limits are an affordable option to improve road safety, and allow Council to focus physical road safety treatments on high trafficked roads to not only improve safety but also improve traffic flows, which benefits the whole community.

40 km/h Research & Statistics

Research has found that lowering vehicle speeds by as little as 5 km/h has achieved the greatest improvements for road safety. We are working with the community to deliver road safety improvements to all Charles Sturt residents by progressively consulting and implementing 40 km/h speed limits on our local streets to make them safer places for our residents and visitors.

Reducing speeds to 40 km/h have been proven to:

  • Provide more time for drivers to react to hazards on the road.
  • Decrease the distance required for a vehicle to stop.
  • Decrease the likelihood of losing control of a moving vehicle.
  • Decrease the chance of being involved in a crash and lower the severity of crashes.

In research conducted internationally and locally, across all severity levels, road trauma was between 15% to 20% lower than the projected levels if the 50km/h speed zone was retained. This reduction was replicated in reducing the speed from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in Woodville West, which recorded a reduction of 79% in total crashes, and in Bowden/ Brompton, which recorded a reduction of 29% in total crashes.

Major roadways will remain at their current speed limit.

Council Report – Road Safety Initiative – 40 km/h speed limit Benefit and Implementation

City of Charles Sturt Speed Limit Research – Statistical Sampling July 2017

Enforcement of speed limit

Enforcement of the lower speed limit is undertaken by the South Australian Police (SAPOL), who operate independent to Council. Council does not receive any revenue generated by SAPOL enforcement.

Major roadways will remain at their current speed limit.

Sign Locations

The location of signs, are approved by the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) and signs will only be relocated where road safety risks or impacts to future development are identified.

Please refer to individual Suburbs for a location Map.

40 km/hr Area Map

Renown Park

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Renown Park and it is currently in operation.

Croydon / West Croydon

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Croydon and West Croydon and it is currently in operation. 

West Croydon / Kilkenny

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in West Croydon and Kilkenny and it is currently in operation.

 

Hindmarsh / West Hindmarsh

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Hindmarsh and West Hindmarsh and it is currently in operation.

Welland / Allenby Gardens

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Welland and Allenby Gardens and it is currently in operation.

St Clair

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in St Clair and it is currently in operation.

Woodville

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Woodville and it is currently in operation.

Findon / Seaton

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Findon and Seaton in the area bounded by Trimmer Parade, Findon Road, Grange Road and Tapleys Hill Road and it is currently in operation.

Grange

The Minister for Transport has approved the installation of a 40 km/h area speed limit in Grange in the area bounded by Trimmer Parade, Frederick Road, Grange Road and Military Road and it is currently in operation.

FAQ's

Lower speed limits are just revenue raising.

Council does not enforce speed limits, and do not earn any revenue from any SAPOL enforcement of the road rules. SAPOL are only notified of the change in speed after Council have voted to implement a 40 km/h speed limit.

There are no crashes in my area, so lowering the speed limit is pointless.

In the City of Charles Sturt, on average every 3 days a road user is injured on our local streets. That is only local residential streets, not arterial roads. Crashes can occur at any time and on any street, and lowering the speed to 40 km/h has been proven to reduce crashes.

I’m a good driver, why should I be punished?

Even good drivers make mistakes, and many crashes involve two or more parties. By slowing everyone down just a little, this may mean you are able to avoid a driver who isn’t paying attention to the road or a child that hasn’t looked before running out onto the streets. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, and our residents have told us they don’t want anyone to have to pay for one mistake with their life or their health when losing a few seconds a day in travel time is what can be the difference.

Lower speed limits just annoy drivers, cause more road rage and will make our streets move slower.

Based on feedback from SAPOL, there is no evidence of increased road rage incidents in areas designated by either 40 km/h or 50 km/h speed limits. Delays to drivers are generally caused at intersections, from congestion and from finding a car park. We always recommend to residents who are concerned with this to try the difference before the 40 km/h speed limit is brought in and see the change in driving time.

No one will drive slower unless it is enforced.

In areas where 40 km/h has been introduced, an average speed reduction of 6 km/h has been recorded with minimal to no enforcement on the majority of the streets surveyed. We don’t expect everyone to suddenly start driving 40 km/h on our streets, but even a small reduction could mean the difference between someone being injured on our roads or stopping a crash from occurring in the first place.

This is a waste of money. Invest in a speed hump instead if you want to slow people down.

Lowering the speed limit in a whole area generally costs between $5,000 - $10,000. In comparison, the average roundabout costs over $100,000, and even a based bitumen speed hump costs approximately $5,000. For the same costs as a single treatment, we can cover a whole area, which is an equitable use of rate payer money, and has a much wider community benefit than a single treatment on a single street.

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