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A new speed limit in St. George

By Louise Morrin

People with real estate in St. George can be on the lookout for a new sign in the neighbourhood when travelling through nearby Kogarah. Starting 15 February, cars driving on Station Street will now be limited to a 40 kph speed limit.

Safer streets for St. George pedestrians

According to a public notice from the Rockdale City Council, the 40 kph zone will be in place for the area of Station Street between Paine and Robertson streets. The measure, jointly funded by the council and Roads and Maritime Services, is designed to increase pedestrian safety in this high-traffic area. The new reduced speed area has a number of public transit stops as well as stores and restaurants.

According to the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW, getting hit by a car travelling at 50 kph doubles a pedestrian’s chance of being killed as opposed to a collision at 40 kph. With the reduced speed limit, Station Street will now be a safer road for both drivers and pedestrians. Of course, a speed limit is no substitute for common sense safety measures. Drivers and pedestrians should always be cautious when it comes to crossing the road.

Reducing accidents, injuries and fatalities

The new speed limit will hopefully contribute to the reduction of the number of traffic fatalities in NSW. The NSW Centre for Road Safety reports that three pedestrians have lost their lives between the start of the year and 3 February, down from six deaths last year over the same period. The new speed limit in Kogarah is just one of many reasons why the St. George suburbs are a great place to live. If you want to buy property in Carlton or other St. George suburbs, contact an agent at Ray White Carlton today.

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