Speeding in Local Streets
SLOW DOWN in my street
'SLOW DOWN in my street' bin stickers are available to all Randwick City residents interested in helping to reduce speeds on our local streets.
To request your stickers, please complete the online request form and they will be posted to you. Instructions on how to place the stickers on the bins will be included.
Requests for bin stickers will be processed at the end of each month and posted to you. You will be sent an email once the sticker has been sent.
We recognise that this campaign does not stop speeding in local streets and that rubbish bins are not on the road for a long time. However, the stickers are visual reminders that reinforce the road rules and are a small part of various campaigns to discourage speeding undertaken by local councils and Transport for NSW.
Speed limit reductions
Randwick City Council regularly works with Transport for NSW to investigate the feasibility of reducing the speed limits on local streets. If you believe the speed limit in your street should be reviewed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A speed limit reduction has been approved by Transport for NSW for Fairsky Street, Asturias Avenue, Georgic Place and Macdili Place in South Coogee from 50km/h to 40km/h effective from 12 October 2020.
What is the speed limit on my street?
All streets are 50km/h unless signposted otherwise.
NSW Government Toward Zero campaign - mobile speed cameras
The 'Towards Zero' campaign, is aimed at reducing the number of deaths on NSW roads to zero. A recent (19 November 2020) announcement identified changes to the laws, which include increased enforcement hours, as well as a reduction in livery on vehicles and the removal of warning signs around mobile speed camera vehicles. More information can be found on the Toward Zero website.
Speed and crash risk
Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.
Excess speed is defined as exceeding the speed limit. Inappropriate speed is defined as driving at a speed unsuitable for the prevailing road and traffic conditions. Excess and inappropriate speed are responsible for a high proportion of the fatalities result on NSW roads.
Controlling vehicle speed can prevent crashes happening and can reduce the impact when they do occur, lessening the severity of injuries sustained by the victims.
The higher the speed of a vehicle, the shorter the time a driver has to stop and avoid a crash. A car travelling at 50 km/h will typically require 13 metres in which to stop, while a car travelling at 40 km/h will stop in less than 8.5 metres.
An increase in average speed of 1 km/h typically results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving injury, with a 4–5% increase for crashes that result in fatalities.
Speed also contributes to the severity of the impact when a collision does occur. For car occupants in a crash with an impact speed of 80 km/h, the likelihood of death is 20 times what it would have been at an impact speed of 30 km/h.
The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bike riders. For example, pedestrians have been shown to have a 90% chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 30 km/h or below, but less than 50% chance of surviving an impact at 45 km/h. Pedestrians have almost no chance of surviving an impact at 80 km/hr.
Source: Pasanen E, 1991.