As an initiative of the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2016-20, the ACT Government, in 2018, launched a new trial which aims to promote road safety in residential areas through driver awareness of travelling speeds.
A key component of this trial is the installation of portable speed detecting signs on a number of residential streets which have a known speeding problem and/or a high level of resident complaints.
The default setting for the sign is blank.
As a motorist approaches the sign their speed is detected by the radar and the display shows:
The signs are not enforcement devices, they are a friendly reminder to motorists to watch their speeds, slow down and drive safely.
The signs will be rotated between the following residential streets:
They will be in place at each location for about three months before being moved to a new location.
The signs will be installed in small concrete footings below the ground on ACT owned nature strips. When the signs are removed from each location the footing will be closed with a lid, thereby sitting flush with ground level.
The residential streets selected for the trial were identified as having a known speeding problem and/or have received a high number of resident complaints.
Site assessments have been undertaken on each street to determine the appropriate physical location for the sign. Factors considered in the site assessment process include:
The trial will be completed in late 2019.
An evaluation of the effectiveness of the signs in achieving a reduction in motorists’ travelling speeds is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.