People driving, riding and walking into towns across Western Victoria are set to be safer as the State Government rolls out improvements to town entrances.
Towns in the Central Goldfields, Pyrenees, Northern Grampians and Hepburn shires are having town entrances improved with eye- catching signage and unique road markings as part of an $8 million investment to increase safety for regional Victorians.
The upgrades have already been rolled out to the towns of Carisbrook, Dunolly, Clunes and Avoca, with Creswick, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Trentham, St Arnaud, Halls Gap, Beaufort and Buninyong either set to receive the improvements in the near future or having already received them.
According to the State Government, the improvements are proven to increase safety by providing a visual reminder to drivers that they’re entering a town, ultimately boosting compliance with reduced speed limits and driver alertness.
Similar upgrades have reduced crashes by 26 to 35 percent in towns in New Zealand and around 300 are to be installed across the state, with 39 of these in Western Victoria.
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