Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : December 9 2015 Contents PAGE 8 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015
A LACK of signage for changed
driving conditions may catch motor-
ists unaware as they enter the vicin-
ity of the Sunderland Bay and Rhyll-
Newhaven roads intersection on the
Phillip Island Tourist Road.
From December 1, a maximum
speed of 60km/h now exists for a fur-
ther 200m before reverting back to
the 80km/h limit.
VicRoads Regional Director, Scott
Lawrence, explained this decision.
"Following the successful trial of a
60km/hspeed limit on Phillip Island
Road alongside the Surf Beach estate,
VicRoads extended the existing 60km/h
zone to include the intersection with
Rhyll-Newhaven Road," he said.
"As well as slowing traffic on ap-
proach to the increasingly busy in-
tersection, the speed reduction also
improves access from the side road
during peak periods.
From December 1
"The new 60km/h signs were in-
stalled on December 1, effectively ex-
tending the existing zone by less than
"To decide the appropriate speed
limit, we consider a range of factors
such as the extent and nature of near-
by development; road characteristics;
the types of vehicles that commonly
use the area and their movement pat-
terns; and the crash history.
"Following our assessment of this
area based on these factors we decid-
ed to extend the 60km/h speed zone.
"As always we encourage all road
users to drive for the conditions, but
by extending the 60km/h zone we
build in an additional safety measure
to guide tourists and others unfamil-
iar with the area."
A new 60 km speed limit has now been set along the Phillip Island Tourist Road prior to the Sunderland
Bay and Rhyll-Newhaven road intersection. This VicRoads decision may catch motorists unaware of these
Motorists beware of the new
speed limits on Tourist Road
THE Transport Accident Com-
mission is steering parents with
young children to a new Kidsafe
Victoria website after research re-
vealed most child restraints were
not fitted properly.
The TAC-funded Kidsafe 'Find a
Fitter' website directs parents to ex-
perienced child restraint fitters in
a bid to reduce injuries and deaths
caused by incorrect installation.
TAC road safety manager Liz
Waller said research showed 70 per
cent of child restraints were not fit-
"A lot of parents think that their
child is properly restrained but the
harnesses are actually going across
the child's neck instead of their
shoulders or across their waists in-
stead of their hips," Ms Waller said.
"This can result in serious internal
injuries in the event of an impact."
Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare figures show transport in-
juries are the most common cause
of child injury death. They also are
the second most common cause of
injury-related hospital admissions
for children between birth and 14
years of age.
"We know that children are seven
times more likely to suffer injuries
in a car crash if their restraint hasn't
been fitted correctly so it is extremely
important that parents ensure that
restraints have been installed by an
experienced fitter," Ms Waller said.
Ms Waller said the Kidsafe Find a
Fitter website helped connect par-
ents across Victoria with experi-
enced fitters in their local areas.
"These fitters are all required to
meet stringent criteria before they
are allowed to be part of the Find a
Fitter scheme," she said.
Kidsafe acting chief executive Ja-
son Chambers said different re-
straints were required for children,
according to age and size.
"Placing children in the wrong
restraint or using an adult seatbelt
when they should be using a booster
seat, also increases the likelihood of
the child being injured in a crash,"
Mr Chambers said.
By clicking onto kidsafevic.com.
au/find-a-fitter, parents can find a
list of their nearest approved fitters
by simply entering their suburb or
"All parents want the peace of
mind that comes with knowing their
child is as safe as they can be and
this resource can help them achieve
that," Mr Chambers said.
New research has revealed that most child restraints are not fitted
properly. The Kidsafe 'Find a Fitter' website directs parents to experi-
enced child restraint fitters.
TAC backs a fitting idea
to keep our kids safe
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