Interactive signs target speeding

Published: 09 May 2017

Speeding motorists are being urged to slow down in Trinity Beach with the introduction of interactive speed signs.

Cairns Regional Council has installed two LED-display signs in Madang Street – with others soon to be operating in Manunda – in the hope that it will make motorists think twice about their speed.

“Madang Street was chosen as the first location for the signs because it has an ongoing speeding issue,” Mayor Bob Manning said. “We’ve received feedback from residents concerned about the risks posed by speeding in the area.

“The signs will inform drivers of the speed limit and let them know when they speeding. It will also collect information on vehicle speeds so we can track changes in behaviour.

“Another two signs will be installed in Mayers Street at Manunda in the next couple of weeks.”

While the signs can’t be used for enforcement purposes, they will collect data that can be used to inform police patrols.

“For example, we’ll be able to keep track of what times speeding is occurring and Police may use this information to schedule enforcement activities.”

But Cr Manning said the initiative was not about revenue raising.

“We are far more interested in seeing people slow down and reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians, other road users and themselves,” he said.

“With this week being National Road Safety Week, it’s particularly timely for all road users to give some thought to how they behave on the road.”

The signs detect the speed of approaching vehicles and feature one of four different displays depending on the vehicle speed.

Vehicles travelling under the speed limit will prompt a display of the vehicle speed and a “smiley” face. A few kilometres over the speed limit and the smile becomes a frown.

Between 5km/h and 10km/h, the sign displays the speed and the message “slow down”.

If a vehicle is travelling at more than 10km/h above the speed limit, the sign stops posting the actual vehicle speed and instead displays the signposted speed limit.

“The last thing we want is for drivers to see it as a challenge to try and post the highest speed, so it stops displaying at 10km/h over the limit,” Cr Manning said.

The signs are mobile and will be used at other locations throughout the Cairns region, as determined by speed observations and information from residents.

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Last updated: 10 May 2017