All messages, whether safety or traffic related, are short and concise to cater for the Variable Message Sign (VMS) technology,
All messages, whether safety or traffic related, are short and concise to cater for the Variable Message Sign (VMS) technology,

Sign will save lives



HAVE you wondered what the huge sign is just by the Big Windmill on the Pacific Highway on the southern approach to Coffs Harbour?

The sign is a variable message sign. It has yet to be turned on but according to the RTA the reason for the sign is travel management. It will be used to warn motorists if there have been diversions or delays ahead.

Most of the time though it will have an advisory role, flashing up a reminder of the speed limit to speeding motorists. When no-one is speeding it will display standard safety messages such as 'Wear seat belts' or 'Save lives'.

An RTA spokesperson said that this is the 12th sign of its kind in a series of signs along the Pacific Highway and is part of a risk mitigation plan and the idea is to make roads more safe.

"The sign is placed right before a major turn in the road. What is ahead after the bend is not visible and queues are not apparent. RTA wants to make the roads more safe," the spokesperson said.

The sign has been placed in a 70 kph zone, about 200 metres before it becomes a 60 kph zone.

The RTA would not comment on the cost of the sign.



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