Myross Bush parents thrilled by speed limit cut
Cars outside Myross Bush have no excuse for speeding after a pair of flashing signs were installed yesterday - the result of a year's worth of campaigning by parents.
Tania Horton and Lisa Tiekleswere two who called for the reduction and could not hide their delight that Invercargill City Council had agreed to trial lowering the speed limit from 100kmh to 70kmh.
Both were there to see the signs switched on. "No-one's going to miss that," Mrs Horton said.
"I had a look through our correspondence and on Friday it's exactly one year since Lisa first called the council," she said.
"It wasn't just us, parents in Myross Bush have been pushing for a decade trying to get this down," she said. "We were the final sprockets in the wheel, the final link in the chain."
The parents had wanted the speed limit reduced to 40kmh outside all schools in Invercargill, after their Myross Bush campaign drew support from other schools.
However, the council did not plan to do that yet.
Council traffic management officer Eddie Cook said the signs cost about $30,000.
"It is a big investment [but] it only has to prevent one [death] and it's worth every dollar."
He wanted to see a significant speed reduction from the trial.
"We put speed counters out prior to installation of the signs. Three months after we'll put counters out again. If there's a statistically significant reduction, it will certainly be a key indicator [of success]."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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