In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Trial of speed detection signs in the ACT

As an initiative of the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2016-20, the ACT Government, in 2018, launched a new trial aimed to promote road safety in residential areas through driver awareness of travelling speeds. A key component of this trial was the installation of portable speed detecting signs on a number of residential streets which have a known speeding problem and/or a high level of resident complaints. The signs were installed at various locations across the territory between February 2018 and October 2019.

How did they work? The default setting for the sign is blank. As a motorist approaches the sign, their speed is detected by the radar and the display would show:

The signs are not enforcement devices, they are a friendly reminder to motorists to watch their speeds, slow down and drive safely.

Example of a sign

Evaluation of the trial

The ACT Government will continue to use interactive smiley face signs, as friendly reminders to motorists to watch their speed, slow down and drive safely.

An evaluation of a trial deployment of interactive ‘smiley face’ signs across the territory between February 2018 to October 2019 demonstrated that these signs are effective in reducing travel speeds to below the posted speed limit.

The results of the evaluation indicate the signs have reduced travelling speeds by up to 12km/h, and most motorists continued to drive at or below the speed limit of the road over the entire period of their installation. For further information please read the evaluation report (PDF) (Word).

The signs are now being rotated at 23 sites on a regular basis to continue to remind motorists of their speeds, and this rotation occurs every three to four months:

Speed data from the signs is collected and assessed weekly to see if motorists continue to observe the message of the signs, and to determine if there remains to be an optimum duration for the signs to have a positive change in driver behaviour.

Note: Speed enforcement is an issue for ACT Policing. Any complaints of speeding or other reckless driving behaviour should be reported to ACT Policing on 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, providing as much information as possible, so that appropriate action may be undertaken