RACQ wants speed limit to stay
INDEPENDENT Member for Maryborough Chris Foley has called on the Department of Transport and Main Roads to bring the speed of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra back up to 100 kilometres per hour.
He asked Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace whether he would consider reinstating the highway at 100kmh in light of statistics showing no demonstrated decrease in crashes. The question without notice was asked in State Parliament recently.
Mr Foley said the 90kmh speed limit was a constant “frustration”.
In response Mr Wallace said the department would look at the suggestion. But RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Gregory Miszkowycz said the 90kmh limit was brought in to address the Bruce Highway’s high crash history.
He said the road wasn’t of a high enough standard and the reduction helped reduce the frequency and severity of crashes.
“We also find that…because there was such a high number of vehicles and a lot of heavy vehicles on this road typically you could only do 100kmh in short bursts. So overall, over the whole length it was only going to cost someone a couple of extra minutes of travel time, so we could see there were going to be safety benefits in lowering the speed along here,” he said.
Mr Miszkowycz said the only statistics he was familiar with showed the number of fatal crashes had reduced since the 90kmh zone was enforced. “We did ask Main Roads a while back, about three or four months ago, about fatals on the 90kmh section and in terms of that it has been below, it was tracking below, the five year average prior to the 90kmh.
“From my perspective its likely crashes are more likely to be decreasing than increasing…”