Top 10 serious crash hot spots revealed: RACQ

17 July 2017 The State’s peak motoring body has revealed the worst intersections for serious crashes in Queensland, with eight of the top ten hot spots in greater Brisbane.

The latest Department of Transport and Main Roads crash frequency data, released to RACQ, revealed nearly 150 serious collisions occurred at the worst crash hot spots across Queensland between January 2014 and December 2016, resulting in 198 serious casualties.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said while some of the intersections in greater Brisbane have had safety upgrades committed, the junction at Newnham and Wecker Roads in Mount Gravatt East still remained high on the priority list.

“This particular junction continues to cause problems for motorists, mostly due to the lack of a green turning arrow to allow drivers to turn right safely,” Ms Smith said.

“The safety of the intersection can be greatly improved by simply installing a green arrow. Widening and adding an extra turn lane would also go a long way to reducing the number of serious crashes.”

Ms Smith said all levels of government needed to examine why these crashes were repeatedly occurring at these locations and to continue investing in safety improvements.

“We call on the Queensland Government and local authorities state-wide to prioritise these locations and invest in safety upgrades,” she said.

“The Black Spot program has been very successful in reducing the number of collisions at identified crash hot spots and continued investment is required for safer roads.”

Ms Smith said in the meantime, motorists were responsible for navigating intersections safely.

“It’s simple things like taking your time, giving way correctly, obeying traffic signals and signs and maintaining a safe following distance which can reduce the likelihood of crashes.”

Intersections with the greatest frequency of serious crashes (fatal and hospitalisation)

Queensland, 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016

Rank Serious crashes Serious casualties Location Local Government area
1 9 10 Tennyson Street & Victoria Street, Mackay Mackay Region
2 7 14 Beerburrum Road & Pumicestone Road, Caboolture Moreton Bay Region
3 7 11 Greenbank Road & Mount Lindesay Highway, North Maclean Logan City
4 7 9 Newnham Road & Wecker Road, Mount Gravatt East Brisbane City
5 7 8 Boundary Road & Mount Lindesay Arterial Road (Boundary Road), Coopers Plains Brisbane City
6 7 7 Bruce Highway & Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Moreton Bay Region
7 6 10 Archerfield Road & Azalea Street, Inala Brisbane City
8 6 8 Mount Lindesay Arterial Road (Beaudesert Road) & Hellawell Road / Learoyd Road, Sunnybank Hills Brisbane City
9 6 7 Bolsover Street & Rockhampton – Yeppoon Road (Fitzroy Street), Rockhampton Rockhampton Region
10 6 7 Gympie Arterial Road & Webster Road, Aspley Brisbane City
Note: This report lists intersections that have had the greatest number of serious crashes (within a 75 metres diameter) over three years and does not mean they are “black spots”, or unsafe, or dangerous, or of greater risk, as roads having greater traffic volumes are likely to also have a greater number of crashes. To assess risk would require a more detailed investigation conducted by a road safety engineer or technical officer who is experienced in conducting road safety audit and crash analysis.