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Posted on: 20 July, 2017

Council urges drivers to slow down

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is urging motorists to slow down following a six week speed monitoring campaign in Cooma. Speed display signs located on Sharp Street recorded some motorists travelling in excess of 100km/h in the 60km/h speed zone.

Speed display signs were placed on each side of Lambie Street, in renewed efforts to encourage motorists to check their speed and think twice about speeding. From May 25 to June 23, the signs registered 190,000 vehicles passing through town. Nine percent of drivers were found to be speeding when heading into Cooma from the south, while six percent were exceeding the 60km/k limit when driving out of Cooma.

The speed display signs are being used to collect important data: the number of vehicles passing the signs, the speed they are travelling, and if drivers reduce their speed once seeing the sign.

The June long weekend recorded the greatest number of vehciles coming through Cooma with almost 20,000 vehicles recorded. On Monday of the long weekend, as snow goers headed home, there was in excess of 300 vehicles per hour (one vehicle every 11 seconds) passing through.

“Council has placed these speed display signs in high use areas so drivers can check their speed and ensure they are complying with the designated speed zone,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council General Manager, Joe Vescio, said.

“As we know this is the busiest time of year for tourists visiting the region. I encourage motorists to exercise caution as the road conditions can change quickly and at all times drive to the speed limit.”

Throughout the six week campaign one driver was clocked at 136km/h as they headed out of town.

The speed display signs have now been placed along Kosciuszko Road in Jindabyne.

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