Mackay’s deadliest intersections revealed

23 April 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has revealed three of Queensland’s 20 most deadly intersections for serious crashes, were located in the Mackay/Whitsundays region.

Crash frequency data* released by RACQ revealed more than 18 collisions at the worst crash locations resulted in 28 casualties between 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael expressed particular concern the intersection at Tennyson Street and Victoria Street in Mackay was the scene of eight serious crashes.

“Nine people have been seriously hurt at this intersection, mainly because drivers are in too much of a rush and aren’t giving way properly,” Dr Michael said.

“We’re pleased to see Mackay Regional Council installing a roundabout here because this will go a long way to making it safer for all road users.”

Dr Michael called on all levels of government to research why these crashes occurred so frequently and said more funding should be allocated to make the intersections safer.

“While the Blackspot Program has been successful in reducing the number of serious crashes in troublesome intersections, we need our politicians to continue investing if we’re to get safer roads,” she said.

“Motorists too have a responsibility. Crashes like these can be avoided by taking your time, giving way correctly, following at a safe distance and obeying traffic signals and signs.”

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

Qld ranking Serious crashes Serious casualties Location Local Government area
3 8 9 Tennyson St & Victoria St Mackay
13 6 7 Beaconsfield Rd E & Norris Rd Mackay
19 5 12 Gregory-Cannon Valley Rd, Robinson / Shute Harbour Rd Cannon Valley, Whitsunday Region.

*This Department of Transport and Main Roads data, collected between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2017, was analysed by RACQ.