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Lord Mayor unveils warning signs for speeding motorists

21 May, 2013

Lord Mayor unveils warning signs for speeding motorists

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is delivering on his election promise to slow down speeding motorists using portable electronic warning signs, with the final trial of the technology now underway.

The Lord Mayor said council had chosen two different technology providers to compete for the contract following a detailed tender process, with the intention of rolling out the signs, which flash up warnings about the speed motorists are travelling, in all Brisbane City Council wards by 2013/14.

He said both technologies would be trialled over the next few weeks at two sites in Alderley - Banks Street and Alderley Avenue – after council traffic studies showed that at least 50 per cent of motorists using these roads were travelling above the designated speed limit.

Cr Quirk said this would be one of the key criteria used to determine where the signs would be located in each ward, as well as feedback from local councillors and residents.

“The numbers clearly show that too many motorists are speeding on our local roads and this about slowing them down. It’s as simple as that,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is proactive intervention that deals with the issue on the spot and we hope this initiative will force motorists to keep an eagle eye on their speed to ensure they’re not breaking the law.”

Cr Quirk said the program was targeted more towards local roads that may not carry the traffic numbers of major arterials, but still faced problems with speeding vehicles.

“We want our local streets to be safe for pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorists and making them portable means we can tackle various issues such as speeding, rat running and black spots throughout local wards,” Cr Quirk said.

“However these signs are part of the bigger picture and will not only support the efforts of the Queensland Police, but also the millions of dollars my team is spending making our roads safer through more road resurfacing, traffic calming and innovative initiatives such as pedestrian countdown timers.”

Cr Quirk said he had asked each local councillor to nominate five sites of importance in their ward and would use this feedback to finalise a list of priority streets following the tender’s completion.

Cr Quirk said the tender was expected to be finalised before the end of the 2012/13 financial year, with council to purchase 26 portable signs from the winner. He said $520,000 had been allocated in this year’s budget to cover the cost of the tender and purchasing the signs.

Cr Quirk said the solar-powered signs used an internal radar to measure vehicle speeds up to 200 metres away and took just half a second to flash up the warning, giving motorists plenty of time.

Cr Quirk said the signs flashed up how fast speeding motorists were travelling and told them to “Slow Down”. Motorists travelling the speed limit would receive a smiley face, he said.

He said the signs could be attached to existing infrastructure or installed using specific footings which would allow for the signs to be easily returned to that specific location in the future.

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