Speed warning signs slow eight million drivers

Brisbane City Council is continuing to make suburban streets safer, with safety speed signs reducing the speed of millions of vehicles since the program was introduced just over three years ago.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that more than 100 million motorists had now passed the signs since the first one was installed in late 2013, with around eight million reducing their speed as a result of the signs.

“Road safety is a key priority for Council and these signs are helping raise awareness of drivers around schools, in busy shopping precincts and on rat running routes,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council has invested $5.7 million into this program over three years and now 75 individual signs have rotated to 416 different sites across the suburbs.

“Unfortunately, the signs have found that as many as 19 per cent of vehicles passing the signs are above the speed limit, however, 40 percent of these vehicles reduced their speed to below the limit as a result of the flashing signs.

“Speeding vehicles slowed down by an average of 9.2 kilometres per hour within seconds of being alerted to their speed by the signs and even those travelling under the limit have reduced their speed.

“These signs are all about driving greater awareness while motorists are on the road, to ensure that our suburban streets remain as safe as possible for pedestrians and all road users.”

Cr Quirk said that locations were chosen based on known speeding locations, rat running routes and busy neighbourhoods in Council’s 26 wards, with each Councillor providing feedback for locations for the signs.

“The signs stay in place for at least one month to allow the speed warning signs to operate for a sufficient period so as to provide a positive effect on motorist behaviour and are rotated to other speeding hotspots,” he said.

The program works by placing each solar powered speed warning sign in an identified local speeding or rat-running location for at least one month at a time.

Drivers who post a speed above the limit are given a “SLOW DOWN” signal, whereas drivers below the speed limit receive a smiley face.

Cr Quirk said speed warning signs were just one way Council is demonstrating its commitment to making our suburban streets safer, together with high visibility illegal parking enforcement and school traffic management plans.

For more information about portable speed warning signs visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.