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Published: 2016-04-15 00:00:00

Community views are sought about the speed people travel on selected roads in Tokoroa and Putaruru.

The multi-agency Waikato regional transport committee (RTC) is looking at better ways to manage speed on Waikato roads, and is working with councils in the region to test new ways to do this at a handful of possible demonstration sites. The aim is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the region’s roads – 69 people died last year.

The Waikato Speed Management Project will test a new approach to speed management using a new national Draft Speed Management Guide, which has been developed by the road safety sector. The Waikato region has been selected to demonstrate the new draft guide over the coming year at a number of locations in the region. The project aligns with the RTC’s Regional Road Safety Strategy, and the Government’s Safer Journeys Strategy.

Working closely with South Waikato District Council, and using the guide, the roads selected suggest safety could be improved for people by managing speed differently in these locations.

The views of people who live and travel on the road is being sought, to help the district council decide whether to progress changes at these locations through a speed bylaw. If supported, some of the things which may be done to manage speed include road markings, signage, education, changes to speed limits and road safety campaigns.

The proposed site is:

  • Baird Road, including outside Forest View High School

In addition the council is taking the opportunity to look at the wider network and other speed related safety issues, and is seeking people’s views on speed at:

  • Leslie Rd, to Blue Spring/Te Waihou Walkway, Putaruru
  • Domain Road, Putaruru

People can find out more and share their views online from Wednesday 20 April at Those who fill in the survey can go in the draw to win a prize.

Views can also be shared in person at a drop-in session:

  • Tuesday 3 May, 3-6pm, Forest View High School library, Baird Road, Tokoroa

Waikato Speed Management Project governance group chair Cr Leo Tooman, from Hamilton City Council, says far too many people are being killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads.

“Many of our Waikato roads are unforgiving and just leave no room for error. With our wide range of roads and speed settings, we need to take a fresh look at how speed is managed so people drive at the right speed for the road and conditions.”

South Waikato District Council group manager assets Ted Anderson says they are keen to hear the community’s views on speed limits.

“We want to know what people think about the current speed limits on these three roads – outside Forest View High School, the busy road to Blue Spring/Te Waihou Walkway, and Domain Road in Putaruru, which is used by a range of traffic. The trial is an opportunity to look at speed risk and safety issues,” he said.

“At the end of the day people do make mistakes and if we can work together to reduce risk by managing speed then our communities will be better off.”

The experience of the demonstration sites will help in the rollout across the Waikato over the longer term of a more joined up and consistent approach to how speed is managed on the region’s roads.