News

Cr slams lower speed limits

Lismore City Councillor Greg Bennett
Lismore City Councillor Greg Bennett Tony Betts - Cabansail

A LISMORE councillor and former police officer slammed New South Wales as a "nanny state" following a disagreement with Roads and Maritime Services about lowering speed limits.

Councillor Greg Bennett took to his Facebook page earlier this month to air his concerns about how RMS determines and reviews speed zones.

He took a stance against common assumptions made about speed limits and their relevance to road safety.

"Apparently when they send their conclusions to council in the traffic report for adoption we are just meant to adopt them (they had never experienced a council rejecting one of their recommendations before)," he wrote.

"I'm not that good at being a rubber stamp and sorry but I will question and most likely oppose any reduction in speed limits.

"I have said it before and I will say it again speed does not cause most traffic accidents.

"It is either failure to drive to the prevailing conditions i.e. slippery because of rain, low visibility due to fog or poor road conditions or it is driver error."

Cr Bennett said he spoke with authority on the subject "as I have investigated and adjudicated on hundreds of traffic accidents".

He continued, obviously annoyed that the majority of drivers are disadvantaged by a minority of bad or reckless drivers.

"Just dropping the speed limit is catering to the lowest common denominator at the expense of all responsible drivers," he wrote on his Facebook page.

However, it seems his comments fell largely on deaf ears.

Topics:  lismore city council




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Would you swim this close to a 5m crocodile?

Byron Bay woman Franny Plumridge diving just centimetres from a 5m crocodile.

She described it as "crazy and unique". We agree it was crazy...

5 big projects bringing $300m to Lismore

SUPER SHOPPING: The planned Lismore Home & Leisure Centre would include nine large retailers, a 355-space carpark and dedicated café precinct with outdoor dining, children's play area and parents' room, plus taxi and mini bus drop-off areas.

Lismore is booming, and here's the proof

New Ballina marina would boost tourism, economy

Plans are progressing for a new marina at the trawler harbour site at West Ballina.

Time to have your say on redevelopment of the trawler harbour site

Latest deals and offers

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Carnifex Snippet 4

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

Carnifex Snippet 3

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?