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Harvey Shire Council staff and police are hoping newly-installed signs to increase the speed limit will encourage people to drive slower.
Signs were installed on Uduc Road west of Hocart Road and on Fryer Road between Herbert and Uduc roads to increase the speed limit from 50kmh to 60kmh after the council received complaints from residents about vehicles travelling at high speeds through the residential streets.
Council executive manager of technical services Rick Lotznicker said machines were set up mid last year to measure speeds along the two roads.
At the time Herbert Road had a posted speed limit of 50kmh but no signs were in place to show the limit.
Mr Lotznicker said when the data came back the results showed that 85 per cent of vehicles were travelling in excess of 60kmh along those roads.
“The data also indicated that the odd motorist was travelling in excess of 80kmh past residential properties,” he said.
Speed signage is the responsibility of Main Roads WA but in order to take immediate action, council staff installed some “remember 50kmh” signs to encourage drivers to travel at safer speeds.
Mr Lotznicker said council staff put forward a proposal to Main Roads to install appropriate speed restriction signage in the area.
Main Roads approved the revised speed limit of 60kmh in December and the signs went up last week.
“The new speed signage was recently erected and police will be randomly checking the area to ensure that driver behaviour changes in line with the new speed restrictions,” Mr Lotznicker said.
Harvey police Sgt Scott Gillis said his officers would be actively patrolling the area.
“We will be policing the area over the coming time to make sure people are aware of the new speed limit,” Sgt Gillis said.
“We ask people to be aware of the speed limit at all times, particularly in residential areas.”
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