TEMPORARY speed signs placed Harland Street by Inverell Shire Council workers amused Harland Street resident, John Drew on Tuesday; but then not really.
The temporary sign placed on the roadside right outside John’s property warned drivers to expect a 60 kilometres per hour speed restriction ahead, which was surprising because the speed limit for that road is 50 kilometres per hour!
“It means people get to drive along there faster than they normally do, and I was the one who rang the mayor and went on radio to get the markings on the road in the first place! They did the same thing last week too,” John said.
“I call this section ‘Mount Panorama’, cars come flying down through the es’s at the intersection of Auburn Vale Road, down Conrod Straight and then around Forest Elbow into Wynne Street near the sub-station at the other end.
John is a retired policeman so has had experience with speed, he said he had even made enquiries about hiring a speed gun to establish some sort of record to back up his observations.
“We do have kids moving into this area and we have a lot of pedestrian traffic and no street lights, I’ve written to the council about those but, of course, there’s no money,” John said.
Meanwhile though, perhaps council workers could consider using a 40 kilometre per hour speed sign leading into a 50 kilometre per hour zone.