Peter Leupold said a painted median strip would do nothing to stop fatalities along the Bruce Highway.
Peter Leupold said a painted median strip would do nothing to stop fatalities along the Bruce Highway. Renee Pilcher

Painted median strip won't help

ROADCRAFT Manager Peter Leupold said he failed to see how a painted white line would stop anyone getting killed along the Bruce Highway.

He was responding to news that the Federal Government had planned to start work in June to paint a median strip from Cooroy to Gympie in a bid to improve safety on the highway.

As a part of a $24 million package, the median strip would extend unbroken for 45 kilometres and the only overtaking opportunities would be located at designated overtaking lanes, with no new overtaking lanes planned.

Mr Leupold has said an extra white line on the highway would make no difference to vehicles travelling at 90kmh or 25 metres-a-second when it came to a crash.

To reckless drivers who flouted the law with speeding and other dangerous driving behaviour, the white line would mean nothing, he said, and would not stop them from overtaking.

There were two ways that the Bruce Highway could be made safer, Mr Leupold said – either take the $24 million and spend it on making the highway four lanes or get drivers to drive properly.

He said drivers needed to be patient and drive to conditions.

Another problem he had with the median strip was the frustration that it could cause with a lack of overtaking lanes, especially if drivers were stuck behind someone going lower than the speed limit.

“Probably the worst thing is the longest stretch of overtaking lane is through Gympie. Are they going to use that as a race track...to get past everyone?” Mr Leupold asked.

He said there were 10 overtaking opportunities between Cooroy and Curra travelling north and less if you travelled south, and with about 17,000 people using the road it wasn’t enough.

Mr Leupold feels so strongly that people who disregard the law would not take note of new rules that he has spoken out of concern for his two young daughters and son using the Bruce Highway.

Gympie Times


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