Amidst growing concerns about the visibility of signage indicating school zones and the risk of car accident injuries this poses, the New South Wales government has introduced a unique app that should help drivers keep their speed down.
New South Wales’ Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced on February 7 the launch of the Speed Adviser app, which is free to download for smartphones from the App Store. It uses state-of-the-art technology to inform drivers when they are entering school zones, so they can safely reduce their speed to the mandatory 40km/h.
The app is the first of its kind, explained Mr Gay, and includes up-to-date information on every school zone across New South Wales. This is regularly checked by Transport for New South Wales and Sensis (a data solutions company) to make sure it’s accurate.
So, how does it work? Basically, the Speed Adviser app detects when motorists are about to drive into a school zone and provides them with both a visual and spoken warning.
“Motorists can set it before they leave home or work and it will provide audio alerts,” said Mr Gay.
“There is no need to interact with the app at all while driving, in line with laws applying to mobile phones and GPS devices.”
Of course, it’s not only exceeding the speed limit in school zones that can put a motorist at risk of sustaining a car accident injury. That is why the Speed Adviser app has been designed to inform and alert drivers about speed limits in other areas, too!
According to Transport for New South Wales, the app will offer drivers “clear speed limit announcements” all over the state, as well as let them know when a speed camera is coming up along the road. It also contains a handy feature for truck and heavy vehicle drivers, which announces when they are about to enter a bus or truck zone.
The Speed Adviser app can be set to “Day” or “Night” mode, so that drivers, passengers and pedestrians are safe no matter what time they are hitting the roads.
Mr Gay concluded by saying the app is by no means a substitute for “good judgement and vigilance”, but it should go a long way toward preventing car accident and whiplash injuries.
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