Everyone wants themselves, and their loved one to arrive home safe and sound. That is also the goal which the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) wants to achieve. The agency is currently discovering that highways with lower speed limits could help save lives and reduce serious crashes. “We know many locals are concerned about increasing traffic volumes and vehicles’ speeds in their communities” commented Transport Agency Director Regional Relationships Jim Harland.
Fifteen kilometres outside of Wānaka, the town of Luggate has already begun consultation on proposed highway speed limit reduction. They start this month on a proposal to introduce 50km/h speed limits on 300-400 meter sections of SH6 at the eastern and western entrances to the town, currently with 70km/h limits. “This would create a consistent 50km/h highway speed limit through the town instead of the current mix of 50km/h and 70km/h limits,” said Mr Harland.
In 2018, the average daily highway traffic count through Luggate was 2,600 vehicles a day, up 40 percent on the figure for 2014. Adding, “While technical assessments of this site support the proposed speed limit changes, feedback from councils, local residents and other key stakeholders is critical to ensuring the most appropriate and safest speeds become permanent and enforceable for these communities”. The NZTA director assures that this feedback will be considered before it makes any decisions on the proposed speed limit changes. Therefore, keep calm and slow down.