Central Coast Council to trial vehicle-activated speed signs in effort to reduce speeding in region

LIKE THIS: A solar-powered speed indicator on a Sydney road. Similar signs are coming to Central Coast roads in a trial run by the council. Picture: John Veage
LIKE THIS: A solar-powered speed indicator on a Sydney road. Similar signs are coming to Central Coast roads in a trial run by the council. Picture: John Veage

Central Coast Council has installed four vehicle-activated speed signs on three roads in Woongarrah as part of its strategy to reduce speeding across the region.

The solar-powered digital signs are designed to calm traffic by alerting approaching motorists to their current speed in real time.

Council's roads, transport, drainage and waste director Boris Bolgoff said council was trialling the technology at known speeding locations on Hiawatha Road, Hakone Road and Mataram Road, with a view to using more of the devices across the Central Coast.

“Early analysis of speed data captured by this technology shows the signs are reducing speeding in the higher brackets, which is exactly the impact we wanted," Mr Bolgoff said.

“We use a range of measures to calm traffic across the Central Coast and vehicle-activated signs could become an important part of the mix.

“The signs will alert passing motorists to their speed through a flashing red light if they are exceeding the speed limit.”

The signs have the 50kph speed limit permanently displayed above the LED display and have been placed on roads that are predominately straight and situated in semi-rural locations.

Mayor Jane Smith said council was committed to using innovative solutions to reduce speeding.

“We are using a mix of strategies, including the use of new technology, to curb speeding and save lives on roads across the Central Coast,” Cr Smith said.

Council can transport the signs for use at other locations and will trial their use at Hillview Street and Dunban Road in Woy Woy.

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