Safety to reduce road trauma
RACQ’s senior traffic and safety engineer Gregory Miszkowyca said there was only so much that could be done to change driver behaviour in regards to the fatal four.
“From the RACQ point of view if someone does make a mistake on the highway we don’t want them to pay for that mistake with their lives,” he told The Gympie Times on Thursday while driving along the notorious stretch of the Bruce Highway.
“So that means if they do fall asleep and run off the road they potentially don’t die. We’re trying to bring in the whole safety part of the road and what it can play in reducing road trauma,” he said.
The upgrade, Mr Miszkowycz said will go a long way to reducing the risk of crashing and dieing on the Bruce Highway by increasing the width of road shoulders and lanes, making the road less hilly, reducing roadside hazards and offering guard rail protection.
Features which are lacking along the Bruce between Federal and Curra right now, giving it a two-star rating out of a potential five from the RACQ.
In the interim, until the upgrade is complete, the Federal Government’s proposed metre-wide median strip from Cooroy to Gympie would help stop vehicles wandering into the path of oncoming traffic. Mr Miszkowycz said a median with audio tactile line markings would be a compromise between reducing the width of road shoulders to stop the amount of head-on crashes.
“If you nod off or are distracted you’ll hear it and feel it. At the moment on the highway if you did happen to be distracted by anything and just drift over then there’s not much room between your vehicle and an opposing vehicle.”
The latest RACQ statistics reveal from 2003 to 2007 the Bruce Highway from Cooroy to Gympie has a high level risk of crashing for the amount of traffic with 172 injury crashes and 25 fatalities.