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Thursday, 13 December 2012

EDWARDS CALLS ON MINISTER TO VISIT “SPEED ZONES OF FRUSTRATION”

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today, raised in Parliament last night the frustration that two groups of community residents have expressed in the total lack of interest shown by the Liberal National Government’s Minister for Roads.

 “I call on the Minister to take a break from his never-ending visits to Liberal and National Party electorates and visit the Castlemaine and Chewton area of my electorate.”

 “The Minister would be well aware of the high level of anxiety and concern from both of these communities over the inappropriate speed limits that are currently in use as I have tabled two significant petitions into this very Parliament.”

 “The Chewton petition contained 82 signatures and represents almost 100% of the residents who are affected by the 6.2 km stretch of country road.”

 “The residents are calling for a common sense reduction in the speed limit from 100km/h to 80 km/h. This would only increase the travel time for motorists by a miniscule 56 seconds! What a small price to pay for a safer road!”

 “A similar situation exists in the Barkers Creek area where 200 signatures were collected calling on a reduction of the speed limit from 100 km/h to 80 km/h along a 7.2 km stretch of road of the Midland Highway.”

 “This reduction would also only result in an insignificant increase in driving time of only 65 seconds. 65 seconds of extra time that could save lives,” Ms Edwards said.

  “I have been advised that VicRoads has reviewed both these sections of Highways and do not consider they warrant a speed reduction. I have requested copies of those reviews but have not has a response to my request.”

 “Given the need to seriously address the rising road toll particularly in regional Victoria I ask that the Minister meets with these residents to hear first-hand their concerns about safety on these two Highways and to drive these sections of the Highways and see for himself how dangerous they can be.”

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