Girls join campaign to slash speed limit

Apollo Bay P-12 College students Chloe Howell and Angelique Morrison are campaigning to reduce the speed limit on a section of the Great Ocean Road at Marengo by completing a school passion project to champion the cause.

Two 10-year-olds have jumped onboard a campaign to prevent wildlife deaths on the Great Ocean Road and improve the safety of their bus-travelling schoolmates.

Apollo Bay P-12 College Grade Four students Angelique Morrison and Chloe Howell are campaigning to cut the speed limit from 100kmh to 60kmh on a section of the road at Marengo.
Angelique said she chose the speed-limit reduction campaign for her school passion project to help stop animal deaths.

“I saw a baby joey in its mother’s pouch that got hit by a car, and the joey died; so I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless,” she said.

“Hopefully if the speed limit is down less wildlife will get killed around that area, you can see them coming easier, so you don’t have to suddenly stop, so you can slow down.”

Chloe said she and Angelique, with the help of their parents, had created an online petition and were making posters to promote their cause.

“We started making a poster and we’ve done a petition,” she said.

“On the first night we already had 172 signatures or something.”

The girls said lowering the speed limit on the section of the Great Ocean Road from the Apollo Bay cemetery and the Great Ocean Road-Forans Track intersection would also improve the safety of their schoolmates.

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One Response to “Girls join campaign to slash speed limit”

  1. Lawrence Pope

    Well done girls.Reducing speed is a great idea.

    In one third of road fatalities speed is the major contributing factor. Each year over 4000 Australians are injured in speed related accidents costing the economy $27 billion annually. *
    Add several million native animals killed and wounded each year and there is a compelling case for lowering speed limits.** A low-cost way of doing this would be to reduce, nation-wide, dusk-to-dawn speed limits by 20kph. At dusk, 100 kph would become 80kph and at daybreak revert to 100 kph and so on. No new infrastructure is required only a public education campaign. The death and injury toll would begin to reduce immediately with a concomitant reduction in the burden on our already stressed health and emergency and wildlife rescue services. If the government acts today lives will be saved tomorrow.

    * Allianz Australia – Victims of speeding pp. 1-5

    **Sydney Morning Herald, Road kill in the millions pose more of a threat to marsupials than deadly diseases, (SMH, Dec 8, 2017)