Canberra’s towns slow down

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SPEED limits in Belconnen, Civic and Tuggeranong town centres drop to 40 km/h from today.

The lower speed limits now apply to all of Canberra’s town centre areas, having already been applied to Woden and Gungahlin in 2011.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, cites research indicating that reducing speed limits in urban areas lowers the risk and severity of collisions.

“A 10 km/h decrease in speed from 50 km/h to 40 km/h can reduce the risk of death for pedestrians and cyclists involved in collisions by over 50 percent,” Mr Rattenbury says.

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