Petition to cut speed limit fell on deaf ears

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

A ROADS and Traffic Authority spokesperson said yesterday a speed camera had been installed at Marom Creek as a solution to improve safety along the Bruxner Highway.

The speed camera was installed in 2003, two years after Leila Packham called for the speed limit outside her Wollongbar home to be reduced.

Mrs Packham was killed yesterday after being hit by a ute on the highway, just metres from her front door.

The RTA spokesperson said decisions on speed limits were based on road conditions, surrounding development, vehicle types and volumes, crash history, and the number of access points along the route.

Mrs Packham started a petition in 2000 calling for the 100km/h zone at Wollongbar to be moved 250m to the west and away from a number of homes along the highway.

Her petition was sent to the RTA, which was the only body with the authority to change the speed zone.

An RTA spokesperson issued a statement yesterday, outlining their reasons for refusing the request to decrease the speed limit.

"After considering the request, the RTA determined that the 100km/h speed limit was appropriate as the highway west of Convery's Lane was in a rural environment with little pedestrian activity or roadside development," the statement said.

Between January 2000 and December 2004, seven people were killed and 154 injured in accidents on the Bruxner Highway, from Kays Lane, Alstonville, to Gallagher Drive, Lismore.



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