THE Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association has written to the state government opposing the proposal to decrease some 110 kilometres an hour speed limits to 100.

The letter stated local councils did not support the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s proposal to reduce South Australian roads that are currently 110km to 100km.

In the letter the association’s executive officer Tony Irvine said it was unlikely the 10km change would reduce accidents, as Eyre Peninsula accidents were mostly caused by poor road conditions, lack of overtaking lanes, native vegetation intrusion and cars hitting kangaroos and other native animals.

Mr Irvine said it seemed more like a ploy for the government to raise revenue through speeding fines, and to dodge providing funding for fixing up roads.

He said there were various roads on Eyre Peninsula that were not fit for purpose.

A reduction in speed limit would also add significantly more time to long distance travel such as the 780 kilometre trip from Ceduna to Adelaide, which would add to driver fatigue.

He said local government members and staff travelled up to 50,000km in a year.

Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien said the department was consulting with stakeholders and consideration would be given to feedback received from councils, the RAA, South Australian Police, the Centre for Automotive Safety Research, the Local Government Association and the Motor Accident Commission.

“Research shows that reducing rural road speed limits can reduce casualty crashes by 20 per cent,” he said.

“Any measures which can save lives and prevent serious injuries should be considered which is why the department is undertaking this review.”

The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association has written to the state government opposing a speed limit reduction from 110 to 100.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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