With more than 200 Slow for SAM signs already in place across Brisbane, Council has installed new signs in 22 locations including Petrie Terrace State School, Paddington as part of its initiatives to improve safety in residential neighbourhoods, school zones and high pedestrian activity areas.
Launched in 2013, the installations aim to change how motorists behave whilst driving and reduce speed when needed. Council says it has since resulted in motorists reducing their speed by an average of more than 8 kilometres per hour across all sites.
Announced last 22 January 2023, Council has added 22 more SAM signs to the more than 200 already installed across the city. Some of these were recently installed outside these schools:
- Acacia Ridge State School
- Holland Park State School
- Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane
- Villanova College, Coorparoo
- Petrie Terrace State School, Paddington
- Upper Brookfield State School
- Mount Gravatt State High School
- Seville Road State School, Holland Park
- Sunnybank State School
- St Dympna’s Parish School, Aspley
- St Williams Primary School, Everton Park
- Yeronga State School
- St Elizabeth’s School, Tarragindi
- Eagle Junction State School
- Windsor State School
How does SAM work?
As the vehicle approaches the monitor, the radar detects its speed and will display one of these three messages:
- if you are driving at or below the posted speed limit, a smiley face message will display
- if you are driving above the posted speed limit by up to 9 kilometres per hour, the vehicle’s speed will display followed by a ‘slow down’ message
- if you are driving at 10 kilometres per hour or more above the posted speed limit, only a ‘slow down’ message will display.
These speed awareness monitors will be in place in these locations for about a month, allowing it enough time to have a positive impact on motorist behaviour, before it gets transferred to a new location. They may, however, be installed back to a previous location if speeding becomes an issue in that area again.
You may contact your local ward office if you have a new location you would like to suggest for a speed awareness monitor.