Technology to catch speedsters

THE Department of Transport and Main Roads will consider vehicle activated speed signs, permanent speed cameras and variable message signs (VMS) to make sure drivers obey the speed limit when leaving the Bruce Highway by-pass and connecting back onto the original two-lane highway.

A departmental spokesperson told a recent Gympie Regional Council meeting the department wanted to make sure drivers were going back to the right speed. But when Cr Ian Petersen questioned Gympie District Director Lawry O’Brien about the accuracy of the VMS, Mr O’Brien said university students were studying the effectiveness of the devices.

“When switched on and working they are very accurate,” he said.

Mr O’Brien did admit some technical issues had occurred with some of the signs. Six VMS worth $2.8 million are installed along the Bruce Highway.

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