Killer road speed plea

By ZOE SATHERLEY and

MEGAN KINNINMENT

A ROAD that has claimed three lives near Mullumbimby this year should have its speed limit slashed to make it safer, a group of residents, politicians and police have said.

Residents, Byron Shire councillor Tom Tabart, police and Ballina MP Don Page have all called for the speed limit on Mullumbimby Road to be cut from 100km/h to 80km/h.

The calls follow three deaths on the road, the latest of which was a young man who died at the weekend after a crash less than two weeks ago.

Byron Shire Council yesterday voted to ask the Roads and Traffic Authority to do a formal review of speed limits on the road, and fund a road safety officer at the council to help come up with a road safety plan for the shire.

The council also voted to install a stop sign and chevron hazard markers at the intersection of Saddle and Mullumbimby roads and review line-markings along Mullumbimby Road.

An RTA spokeswoman said the authority would liaise with the council to improve safety on Mullumbimby Road.

The council's decision followed an appeal by Mullumbimby resident Mick Whelan and a decision by its traffic committee ? which includes council, police and RTA representatives, and Ballina MP Don Page ? that the speed limit should be cut. Byron councillor and committee member Tom Tabart said the final decision lay with the RTA.

The RTA spokeswoman said speed limits were based on factors such as road condition and usage, development, vehicle types and volumes, crash history, and the number of access points along the route.



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