School traffic slows near Hamilton school

THREE speed humps installed outside a Hamilton school are helping ensure motorists stick to the speed limit.

A traffic counter has found that up to 20 per cent more vehicles are complying with a 40km/h speed limit outside The Hamilton and Alexandra College in McPherson Street.

Southern Grampians Shire infrastructure director Kevin O’Brien said the speed humps, installed under a safety trial earlier this year, would stay in place.

“This is about safety of people around the school,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We found 93 per cent of vehicles were complying with the speed limit along the section next to the school where the three speed humps have been installed, which is 20 per cent higher than before the speed humps were installed.

“After installing all three speed humps, the number of vehicles using the road reduced by 60 per cent, from about 700 a week to just under 300.”

College principal Bruce Simons said retaining three speed humps would help create a safer environment for young people near the school.

“With so many cars travelling through this area, particularly at the start and at the end of the school day, this is a commonsense approach,” Mr Simons said.

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