The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has again thrown her support behind the lowering of the speed limit through the Strathmerton township after reports of two potential collisions involving pedestrians recently.
Speaking during an adjournment debate in State parliament this week, Ms Lovell called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety to immediately intervene and reduce the speed limit on the Murray Valley Highway to 60km/h through the town.
“The speed limit of 80km/h on the Murray Valley through the Strathmerton township has created a constant danger to local residents using the highway, who have passionately advocated for a reduction to the speed limit for many years,” Ms Lovell said.
“I have raised the matter with Minister Donnellan on two previous occasions and still no action has been taken to reduce the speed limit to minimise the chance of a serious collision.”
Ms Lovell said the situation was more dangerous because local schoolchildren are being picked up and dropped off by buses on the highway before and after the 40km/h school zone operates, meaning children are forced to navigate traffic travelling at 80km/h when crossing the highway.
“Last month a young school student was nearly hit by a truck travelling at 80 km/h after being dropped off by a school bus and recently a car nearly hit another child who was attempting to cross the Murray Valley Highway,” Ms Lovell said.
“The residents of Strathmerton have been promised the situation would be monitored by Vic Roads and a pedestrian island will be built across the highway but now is the time for the Minister to intervene and solve this problem once and for all,” Ms Lovell said.
I have called on the Minister to reduce the speed zone limit to 60 km/h on the Murray Valley Highway between 7am – 7pm and extend the times of the 40 km/h school zone limit at Strathmerton’s designated school bus stop to better reflect the arrival and departure times of school buses picking up and dropping off students.