The state Liberal party has promised it would restore the speed limit on the Cleve-Kimba Road to 110 kilometres an hour, if it is elected at the March 2018 election.
Road Safety Minister at the time Peter Malinauskas announced last month that the Cleve-Kimba Road would be one of eight regional South Australian roads to have its speed limit reduced from 110km/h to 100km/h.
The decision caused outrage among some local residents and local Members of Parliament Peter Treloar and Rowan Ramsey voiced their disappointment at the government’s decision.
“The state Liberals understand the importance of our road network for regional South Australians and that's why we will reverse the Weatherill government’s decision to slash these speed limits and review regional road speed limits,” Mr Treloar said.
Mr Treloar said speed reduction was not the right decision to reduce the road toll.
“The reality is that regional South Australians have to travel long distances on our country roads for a range of reasons, whether it be to get to work or to access health care and other services,” he said.
“The longer motorists spend traveling on our country roads, the more driver fatigue they experience, and the greater the chance of an accident.
“As it stands, trucks are limited to 100kph, and I believe motorists would find it difficult to pass these large vehicles if speeds were decreased to 100kph.”
He said the government should invest more money in regional roads.
“It’s unacceptable that this city-centric Weatherill government has slashed speed limits instead of investing in critical regional road infrastructure,” he said.
“I am also a firm believer in shoulder sealing, and think a wider road is a safer road.”
Mr Treloar said he had been inundated with feedback from the local community opposing the speed limit cuts.