SPEEDING CAMPAIGNS – 2015/2016
Preliminary RMS injury/fatality crash data for the 5 year
period 2010 to 2014 indicated that speed continues to be the main causal factor
of crashes across the Shires with 48.8%. Further analysis of crash locations
within the Council area identified lengths on the Snowy Mountains Highway west
of Tumut and east of Talbingo Mountain and the Brungle and Batlow Roads as
significant ‘Black Spot’ areas.
The majority of crashes occurred within the rural road
network and single vehicle crashes were the main crash type. This
type of crash can generally be attributed to either of or both, in excess of
the posted speed limit or inappropriate speed for the road conditions, fatigue
or driver distraction.
The crash data also revealed the main school holiday periods had significant crash data (December/Christmas/January - 9.5% and Easter School holidays 5.3%). This period coincides with higher volumes of vehicles movements across the Council area.
To work towards reducing the incidence of speed related crashes across the Council area, Tumut Shire Council in partnership with the NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be combining a public education awareness campaign via local radio, the use of Variable Message signs (VMS) to raise motorists awareness of Safer Speeds and travel and Police enforcement on targeted roads. Council intend on implementing these strategies during the peak travel periods.
Council will also continue to monitor vehicle movements and speed trends collected from traffic count data. This data will assist both Council and Police identify roads were speed compliance is of concern. Council encourages all motorists to adopt the principles of safer speeds and travel by not exceeding the posted speed limit and to drive/ride appropriately to the road conditions.
GOCUP ROAD UPGRADE
The NSW Government recently announced (February 2015) of the $70 million complete full upgrade of the Gocup Road (to be completed by 2019). Since the works commenced in January 2015 Council and the local Police have identified an increase in vehicle movements on alternate routes between Tumut and Gundagai (Brungle Road) and Adelong and Tumbalong (Grahamstown Road). This can be generally attributed to the traffic delays caused by the upgrade.
To anticipate this increase in vehicle movement volumes upon
both these local roads, Tumut Shire Council is taking a proactive approach to
lowering crashes on both the Brungle and Grahamstown Roads.
From the most recent crash data obtained from the Roads and Maritime Services (2009-2014) speeding either in excess of the posted speed limit or inappropriate speed for the road conditions accounted for the majority of the crashes of both these roads.
To work towards reducing the incidence of crashes upon both the Brungle and Grahamstown Roads, Council will be delivering a road safety campaign focusing on safer speeds and travel during the construction phases on the Gocup Road. The strategies will include a public education awareness campaign via local radio, the use of Variable Message signs (VMS) to raise motorists awareness of Safer Speeds and travel and Police enforcement.
Council will also continue to monitor vehicle movements and speed trends collected from traffic count data. This data will assist both Council and Police by identify speed trends and enable Police to target times when speed compliance is of concern.