Temporary speed limits as rain hits roads

20/05/2018 Posted by admin

TEMPORARY speed limits have been imposed on the Tasman Highway in the State’s south-east as heavy rain affects driving conditions across Tasmania.Police say there are a number of hazards on the Tasman Highway between Runnymede and Orford including rockfalls and water flowing across the road in some places. “The areas worst affected are Black Charlies Opening, Bust-Me-Gall Hill, and through Paradise Gorge about five kilometres south of Orford,” a police spokesman said.The Wielangta Road, 9km south of Orford, and Rheban Road, about 500 metres north of Wielangta Road, have been closed due to flooding. “Temporary speed limit signs and warning signs have been erected and motorists are advised to reduce their speed and drive to the conditions.”Police are attending as are council and signage will be put in place. Motorists are advised to slow down and look out for debris and observe imposed speed limits.”Browns Road at Kingston is also subject to flooding with water up to 30 cms deep across the road in places. Motorists are advised to slow down and avoid the area if possible.With traffic on many roads expected to increase for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Tasmania Police are urging motorists to take extra care.”The vast majority of motorists are responsible on the roads. Were asking people to continue driving responsibly, and to notify Police of reckless or dangerous driving behaviour,] said Acting Commissioner of Crime and Operations Glenn Frame. “There will be a particular focus on those roads where serious and fatal crashes are occurring, including highways, major and rural roads. There will also be a focus on areas that are subject to regular complaints from motorists, such as where road works are being undertaken.”Motorists have also been reminded that the speed limit is a limit, and its not acceptable to drive even a few kilometres an hour over. Anyone who travels over the maximum is liable to prosecution.”He said there are some sobering statistics on those aspects of driver behaviour that contribute to serious and fatal crashes.So far this financial year, Tasmania Police has issued Traffic Infringement Notices to more than 39,000 drivers caught speeding. In the same period, almost 5500 drivers were caught not wearing their seatbelts; and almost 6,000 people were issued notices for using their mobile phones while driving.And more than 4100 drink drivers were charged.Police encourage drivers travelling long distances to take regular breaks, and take advantage of the Driver Reviver stations operating on Monday at Paramatta Creek on the Bass Highway; Fossey River on the Murchison Highway; Franklin River nature trail on the Lyell Highway; Sidling lookout on the Tasman Highway and the St Peters Pass on the Midland Highway.The ideal June long weekend for Tasmania Police would be no serious or fatal crashes, and there being no need to issue infringements for traffic offences, he said.
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