Radar Speed Signs

Around Australia, radar speed signs are used by councils, road authorities, schools, industry, mining and even the military. Although the purpose of the signs is always increased road safety through traffic calming, the applications are many and varied.


Road kill prevention Redland Council

Redland Council is located on the outskirts of Brisbane, QLD and is home to almost 3,000 koalas, making it the largest urban koala population in Australia. Since 1999, koala numbers in the area had dropped 27 per cent with talk of extinction in the area in under 20 years if something wasn't done. 

In 2009, as part of a greater protection strategy, DCD Systems supplied Redland Council with 6 radar speed displays to raise awareness of koalas in areas that had previously shown high instances of roadkill. The signs were initially used with batteries and mounted on poles but have since been mounted on trailers and powered by solar panels for greater flexibility.

 

 


School zone road safety Clarence Town Public School

Clarence Town Public School use radar speed displays to alert motorists they are entering a school zone and potential high risk pedestrian crash area. Clarence Town Public School lies within the boundaries of Dungog Regional Council and were first exposed to speed signs through council road safety officer, Allen Shrimpton. Allen coordinated a program which shared the council's speed signs amongst local schools to compensate for the lack of government funded flashing lights in school zones. The result of this program reduced speeds in the selected school zones by more than 10 per cent and increased compliance to over 80%.

After experiencing the success of Dungog Council's radar speed displays, Clarence Town Public School decided to take responsibility for their own road safety and purchased two signs of their own, complete with solar power kits. The school is now protected year round and continues to enjoy greater road safety for their pupils.

 


Leichhardt Council

Leichhardt Council is an inner city suburb on Sydney with a population of over 50,000. The council had recently lowered the speed limit on its busiest peninsula and wanted to encourage compliance without the use of more permanent physical measures such as speed bumps. Leichhardt applied for a road safety grant from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to fund the purchase of 6 solar powered radar speed signs and has installed them around the council.