Gunnedah drivers putting lives at risk with high speed

Traffic surveys are being undertaken at locations around Gunnedah. This one was spotted on South St.

Traffic surveys are being undertaken at locations around Gunnedah. This one was spotted on South St.

Drivers are being told to slow down and obey the posted speed limit signs after a crash and number of near misses on Gunnedah’s Conadilly St recently.

Inspector Michael Wurth from Gunnedah police said serious concerns were raised from council’s speed monitoring results undertaken at locations along the town’s main thoroughfare.

He said dangerously high speeds were recorded at various times and days. One recorded speed indicated the vehicle was travelling at almost twice the posted speed limit.

“The penalties for speeding may include automatic loss of licence, loss of demerit points and, or a significant monetary fine,” Insp Wurth said. 

"A custodial sentence is also an option for the court if the offender has a lengthy traffic record or the incident involves serious injury or loss of life.”

Drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits at all times and locations, and to be particularly vigilant of pedestrian traffic.

“Ignoring the speed limit is not only illegal, it could also result in a catastrophic accident,” he said.

“Gunnedah police will continue patrols in an effort to deter and detect traffic offenders which may also include the use of unmarked police vehicles.”

Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the safety of others is paramount.

“I’m urging community members to look out for the safety of others, to slow down and drive at a speed that will allow them to respond to changing conditions,” Cr Chaffey said.

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