NSW introduce speed limit reductions for safety

Some of the busiest roads in Mascot, Alexandria and Zetland, NSW will see improved safety with a reduction in speed limits this month.

Parts of O’Riordan, Collins and Cowards streets and sections of Kent and Bourke roads will have a 50 kilometre per hour limit from the 13th October.

The speed reduction of 10 kilometres per hour is hoped to improve safety for motorists using the corridors every day.

Transport for NSW Acting South East Precinct Director Shane Schneider said each of the identified new speed zones has a higher than average number of speeding related traffic incidents, including crashes or speeding infringements.

“The speed zone reduction will help create a safer environment for all road users as well as improve consistency on the road network for people heading to the CBD, Airport or other parts of inner Sydney,” he said.

“Motorists are reminded to drive safely, be aware of the changed traffic conditions, and remember that the 50 kmph limit is legally enforceable.”

He said research shows small reductions in vehicle speed can lower the number of deaths and severity of injuries from crashes.

“In a crash at 60 km/h, 85 per cent of pedestrians will be killed, but this falls to 55 per cent at 50 km/h, so a small drop in speed can save lives and reduce serious injuries.”

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