Clunes welcomes lower speed limit
By EMMA O'NEILL
AS YOU approach Clunes Village you'll see a sign that says 'slow down, we love our children' and as of next week drivers will have to take more notice of it.
Next week the speed limit on the 1.7km section of Bangalow Road that travels through the town will be reduced to 50km/h.
This is a reduction of 10km/h from the current speed limit and a reduction welcomed by locals including Clunes Store and Cellars shop assistant, Kelly Turner-Mann.
"So many cars drive fast down the hill into town and don't slow down when the speed drops," she said.
"It's dangerous because there are a lot of people who try to cross the road to get to our store, and a lot of school kids cross the road to get to the bus stop that's right in the middle of town.
"Clunes is a busy place because it's really the only town you can visit on a drive from Bangalow to Lismore."
In an attempt to slow drivers down as they entered Clunes, a fixed speed camera was erected in the 60km/h zone a few years ago. It will now be calibrated to account for the 10km/h speed reduction.
But according to Ms Turner-Mann, the camera hasn't always deterred speeding.
"I've seen cars drive into the wrong lane and pass the speed camera at 80km/h to avoid sensors on the road," she said.
Figures provided by a spokesperson from the Office of State Revenue NSW back these claims, with 3741 fines valued at $492,910 issued by the Clunes speed camera during 2007.
The sound of screeching brakes was also common in Clunes according to Robyn Hayward, who works at the Clunes Auto Centre, just 50 metres from the speed camera.
"My dad opened the petrol station in 1948 and I've seen a lot of changes along this road. There are a lot more cars and drivers seem more aggressive these days," she said.
"Some weeks I'll hear the screeching of brakes two or three times and I've seen a few near misses on the road, so the speed reduction will be great."
The RTA instigated the speed reduction after the community expressed its concern.