Monday 25th November 2019

New technology has been installed at a high-risk intersection near Nar Nar Goon, making it easier and safer for drivers to turn onto the Princes Highway, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced that Side Road Activated Speed technology has been installed on the Princes Highway, where it intersects with Snell Road in Nar Nar Goon.

Electronic speed signs will be installed on the highway that will be triggered by sensors that detect cars approaching on the side road, temporarily reducing the speed on the highway by 30km/h – from 100km/h to 70km/h – until the car is able to turn.

The reduced speed limit will only stay active until there are no more vehicles waiting to turn onto the highway.

The signs will improve safety by providing drivers waiting on the side roads more opportunity to enter the highway safely, while also giving drivers on the highway more time to react if the side traffic fails to give way.

It will also significantly reduce the severity of crashes if they do occur by reducing the speed vehicles collide at.

The use of Side Road Activated Speed Technology at intersections in New Zealand was shown to reduce serious and fatal crashes by 89 per cent.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Turning onto the Princes Highway can be challenging, so this simple change will make the road safer for drivers and allow for more confident decision making behind the wheel.”

“This new technology will boost safety for the thousands of drivers that rely on this intersection to get where they need to go.”