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Speed cameras

5 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Stewart Macdonald of East Dunbartonshire Council

Newdyke Road Traffic Calming Measures

Every resident living within the Newdyke Road / Hillhead area and surroundings will obviously have come across speeding drivers every night driving well over the speed limit up and down this road. We all know what we call them when you hear and see them speeding.  It was only a matter of time before something happened and of course the night of 10th August 2017 - it happened. Poor 10 year old Matthew knocked down by a speeding driver on Newdyke Road.We hope he is ok and wish him a speedy recovery. This is the second child that has been knocked down on this road in the last 2 weeks. Now something needs to be done along this stretch of Newdyke Road.Its lucky Matthew is alive but someday it could happen again and it could be your child lying on that road next time. That Newdyke Road needs Traffic calming measures put in place and maybe some way of taking the parked cars off the road. There is a school along this road with a football pitch where a lot of kids normally play,so by having the Traffic calming measures in place can justify that your kids will arrive home in one piece. Speed bumps-Speed cameras- extra signs- Chicanes, anything to slow down drivers along this road. If you know this area and seen the evidence yourself,please sign the petition.If you have children or grandchildren who play around this area then get signing.The more signatures the more EDC will be pressurised into carrying these measures out. If I get enough signatures, I will personally go to EDC myself and fight to have these measures put in. Even though this is the main bus route from Harestanes to Glasgow,it may stop any measures getting put into place but if the buses also slow down for speed bumps it can prevent any accidents as well. We need this happen now before someone gets killed. 

Colm Heneghan
1,418 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Peter Katsambanis MLA

Prioritise Safety and Efficiency on our roads instead of Revenue Raising!

In WA, we have a horrible fascination with "speed cameras" that hide behind bushes and fine people extortionate sums of money for less than 10kmh over the speed limit. Meanwhile, we have people causing congestion by sitting in the right hand lane of our Freeway, 10kmh under the limit. This isnt covered with these cameras, and doesn't do anything to solve our congestion issues.  My proposal is not to totally abolish speed cameras, but rather repurpose them in combination with other techniques to improve safety on our roads. These cameras should be placed in high risk areas, such as school zones, and be highly visible as a deterrent to speeding. That way the fines only impact those that have a disdain for the safety of others. People wont speed through an area that is clearly marked as having a camera. If they do, they suffer the consequence. Police should focus on enforcing the "Keep Left" law which eliminates congestion directly. Fines for this can be increased to counter the "loss" from low range speeding fines. I dare say that it may actually be more profitable than fining for low range speeding... My final point is to use more common sense when making speed limits on our roads. For example, Gnangara Road used to be a dimly lit single carriageway with a comparatively poor road surface with a limit of 90kmh . These upgrades made the road a dual carriageway, with better lighting and smooth roads, and it is now only 80kmh! Leach Hwy is a three lane highway, yet is only 70kmh! If we set our speed limits according to the 85th percentile rule, and focus on targeting drivers who fail to stay left, not only will our roads be safer, they will also be much more efficient. To determine the 85th percentile of certain roads, we could use speed cameras to measure the speeds of people on these roads, take an average from it, and implement it safely. This could be done on the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways as a start. Obviously, police presence would be required to dissuade hoons from doing unsafe speeds on the road compared to the flow of traffic. These are a few issues I've identified driving on our roads, and hopefully they can be assessed in the near future. Let's make our roads safer!

Chris Duncan
285 supporters