NZTA is currently floating the idea of dropping the speed limit on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupō down to 80 kilometres per hour

Waka Kotahi has proposed lowering the speed along the notorious road from 100km/h to 80km/h from Eskdale to just south of Rangitaiki – a distance of about 83km.

When talking to the Herald NZTA regional relationships director Emma Speight said that the speed limit review on the winding section of SH5 would aim to save lives and prevent serious injuries from crashes.

Speight went on to point out that even when speed doesn’t cause a crash, it’s a factor in the severity of impact.  “It can be the difference between a person being killed, seriously injured or walking away from a crash,”

Since 2010 (11 Years Ago) more than 150 people have lost their lives and/or been seriously injured in crashes along SH5

Are you in favour of lowering the limit?


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