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Speeds must be lowered

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OPINION: There's nothing that seems to irk us more than being told how to drive. I've been ferrying my three girls around our region this school holidays. Since we moved to the Coromandel, we do a lot more driving than we used to.

We followed a logging truck towards Whitianga this week. The driver did around 60kmh most of the way. He was a safe driver and we seldom get over 80kmh on most of region's winding roads anyway.

It's the reality for a lot of rural roads in New Zealand. Their tortuous nature means if you're travelling any faster, you're taking your life into your own hands.

So, why are some of our district councils voting against a draft Regional Speed Management Plan, designed to create safe speed limits on our roads? If we're driving responsibly, most of us should probably be doing these speeds anyway.

* South Waikato opposes proposed regional speed reductions
* Transport Committee sends rural speed limit plan back to council for discussion
* Fixation on speed not the answer to curbing road toll, says safety advocate

South Waikato District Mayor Jenny Shattock was quoted this week saying it would hit her district hard, reducing their forestry economy to one load of logs to port each day. An exaggeration perhaps, but illustrative of just how polarising speed management is.

The Thames Coromandel District Council has also voted not to support the........

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