Published on 25 November 2022
The Shire of Murray Council has voted to support plans by Main Roads Western Australia to change the speed limit on George Street in the centre of Pinjarra to 40km/h.
The decision comes after a number of recent incidences in Pinjarra, including a collision between a vehicle and a mobility scooter, and separately, a cyclist being struck by a vehicle.
It’s expected the lower speed limit will help reduce the number and severity of incidents in the town.
Cr David Bolt, Shire of Murray President said, “We have a duty to build a socially connected, safe and cohesive community in the Shire of Murray, and by supporting these speed limit changes we’re helping ensure an improved and safer pedestrian space for people in Pinjarra”.
Main Roads is responsible for the approval and management of speed zones within all road networks. It is progressively changing speed limits in town areas in the South West to improve safety for pedestrians and reinforce the need for drivers to be cautious. Although it does not require support from local governments to alter speed limits, it usually looks for support from local authorities before doing so. Local police have also indicated their support for a reduction in the speed limit.
The changes are expected to come into force in mid-2023.