03 Nov 2014
A trial targeting the safety of drivers on unsealed roads in the Yankalilla District Council will soon begin.
New advisory signs will ask drivers to exercise their judgement and drive to the conditions. The aim of the trial is to provide a visual reminder that people should drive appropriately on unsealed roads, where the surface can often be unpredictable.
Drivers will also be advised to go no more than 80km/h on the roads that have been identified as part of the trial.
The District Council of Yankalilla has been working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to select the suitable trial roads, which have been assessed, with speed data collected:
To help in the evaluation of the trial, speed surveys will be conducted for two weeks after the installation of the advisory signs.
The project is the first to be undertaken on selected roads across a whole council area.
This initiative forms part of the Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016 that aims to reduce serious road casualties by at least 30 per cent by 2020, as outlined in Towards Zero Together - South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy 2020.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road, Duthy Street and Harrow Terrace, Kingswood will occur this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April.
New traffic lights and more right-hand turn lanes will be added to the junction of Bridge Road and Maxwell Road, in Para Hills, as part of a $7.23 million safety upgrade set to commence on Sunday.