Top cop wants car speed limiters
By Katherine Danks and Peter Jean
April 18, 2006
NEW South Wales top traffic cop says he'll push for speed limiters on all cars following one of the state's worst Easter road tolls on record.
Nine people died in six separate crashes during the NSW Easter road toll period, which ended at midnight (AEST).
In the latest tragedy, a Queensland man and his son were killed and eight people injured when two cars collided head-on on the Newell Highway near Gilgandra, in the NSW central west, about 10pm yesterday.
Two young men and an elderly woman were killed in another head-on in Sydney's west yesterday morning.
Traffic Services Commander John Hartley said he would press for the introduction of speed limiters on all cars when he meets his state counterparts at the Australasian Traffic Policing Forum in Canberra this week.
The technology already exists in buses and trucks, which are limited to a maximum speed of 100kph on a flat surface.
A device reduces the revs of the motor once the speedo hits a designated speed, preventing it going over the limit.
Supt Hartley said he believed a top speed of 120kph was a "reasonable limit" for cars, but it would take years to introduce.
"I think there is opportunity there to lobby the manufacturers and this week I'll be meeting with my interstate colleagues in Canberra regarding road safety issues, and this one item I'll bring to the table," Supt Hartley said.
"I'd like to see it tomorrow, but obviously that's not realistic.
"The fact is manufacturers do move slowly, (it) would mean a change of design of cars from Europe, so there is a whole lot of issues to be developed over a period of time."
The NSW Parliamentary StaySafe Committee has been pushing for speed limiters on cars for the past decade.
Premier Morris Iemma and Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal said today they were saddened the Easter road toll had almost doubled from five the previous year.
Mr Roozendaal said speed and fatigue contributed to many of the accidents and he had asked for road safety advertising campaigns to be reviewed ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend.
Mr Iemma said some drivers were ignoring information campaigns about the dangers of speeding.
Mr Roozendaal said Goran Nikolovski, 29 – the driver of a high-performance Subaru WRX who was killed in yesterday's triple fatality – had been driving while under notice that his licence was to be suspended due to previous speeding offences.
Police said it appeared the Subaru was on the wrong side of the road when it crashed into another car on Bringelly Road at Horningsea Park, in the city's west.
A male passenger in the car and the 75-year-old female driver of the other car were also killed in the crash.
Mr Roozendaal said Mr Nikolovski had been advised on April 7 that his licence would be suspended but had had 28 days from that date to challenge the decision.