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Speeding on the Gold Coast - fact sheet

Speeding is not just driving faster than the posted speed limit. It is also driving too fast for the prevailing weather, light, traffic and road conditions without full regard for the vehicle’s condition and driver’s skills and experience.

Speeding on the Gold Coast - fact sheet (PDF 800kb)

‘Drive Safe’ community speed awareness program

Drive Safe community speed awareness program

The ‘Drive Safe’ community speed awareness program is a key initiative of the Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015 – 2020. The program aims to create a safer road transport future by focusing on the individual and shared responsibilities of all road users.

As part of ‘Drive Safe’ portable speed awareness devices are temporarily installed at locations across the city where speeding has been an issue.

The devices operate in the following manner:

  • If the motorist is driving at or below the speed limit, a green smiley face is displayed.
  • If the motorist is driving above the speed limit by up to 9km/h, the vehicle’s speed is displayed with an amber ‘SLOW DOWN’ message.
  • If the motorist is driving 10km/h or more above the speed limit, a red ‘SLOW DOWN’ message is displayed but the vehicle’s speed is not displayed. This way hoons won’t use the device to get a ‘high score.’

The presence of these “smiley face” devices has been shown to achieve a significant reduction in vehicle speeds in local streets. However, a sustained community effort is needed to continue to drive safely in our local neighbourhoods.


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