Cr John Carey will put…

Cr John Carey wants the City of Vincent and Main Roads to investigate if speed humps on Fitzgerald Street are effective
Cr John Carey wants the City of Vincent and Main Roads to investigate if speed humps on Fitzgerald Street are effective

Cr John Carey will put forward a motion for officers to review the effectiveness of the speed humps and investigate if other treatments would be more appropriate at tonight’s meeting.

He is also calling for the speed limit on Fitzgerald Street between Angove Street and Raglan Road to be reduced to 40km/h.

‘I would question the effectiveness of the speed humps as I have personally observed and been told of cars swerving to avoid them,’ he said.

‘I am sure they do slow traffic to a certain degree, but I am also worried that swerving around them is putting people at risk.’

Cr Carey said he wanted other options, such as the variable speed limit in place on Beaufort Street, to be considered.

The speed humps, or cushions, which do not stretch the entire width of the road to enable buses and emergency vehicles to pass over them, were installed as a part of a Main Roads and City of Vincent trial in 2009.

Since then 125 crashes, including four involving pedestrians, have been reported on the road.

This is down from 173 crashes reported between 2004 and 2009. Five involved pedestrians.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said a study into the cushions’ effectiveness in November, 2011, showed the speed humps had slowed the average vehicle speed by between 11 and 14km/h.

‘Main Roads considers the speed cushions to be an effective treatment,’ she said.

‘In addition, Main Roads considers this to be significantly more effective in reducing speeds than simply changing speed limits.’