Halswell lower speed limits ignored

SPEED: Since the speed change from 60km/h to 50km/h earlier this year, residents' have noticed a big difference on roads like Haslwell Junction pictured above. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN.

A Halswell resident says reduced speed limits in the area are a lot better but more could still be done.

Speed limits on multiple roads in Halswell were reduced earlier this year. Halswell Junction Rd was reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h, Quaifes Rd from 80km/h to 50km/h and 100m of Quaifes Rd south-east of Whincops Rd from 80km/h to 70km/h.

Marshs Rd was reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h, Sparks Rd from 80km/h to 60km/h and Sutherlands Rd from 80km/h to 60km/h.

Jenny Hawke said she likes the lower speeds but on some roads people just ignore them.

“Definitely getting the speed limits lowered is the first step but, because I do a lot of driving, I drive from Halswell to Rangiora every day for work, I just find that people don’t bother sticking to the speed limit,” she said.

Miss Hawke said if there were more consequences around speeding, people might pay more attention.

“When you’re driving every day and once in a blue moon, you see a police car or someone pulled over then, you know, it doesn’t mean much. It’s frustrating that there are not more consequences for that,” she said.

City council transport acting manager operations said speed counts showed the average was down along Halswell Junction Rd.

She said the Halswell residents’ she had spoken to liked the changes.

“We’ve got quite a few elderly neighbours and you feel better watching them cross the road and you know it’s safer for them because they’ve got more time,” Miss Hawke said.