RACQ backs safety upgrade calls for Cairns intersection

The State’s peak motoring body has backed calls from residents for safety upgrades at a busy intersection in Edge Hill, Cairns following a spate of crashes this year.

The Cairns Post has reported there has been two collisions at the Greenslopes and Mayers Street intersection so far this year, with Cairns Police Senior Constable Russell Parker saying more incidents may have gone unreported.

“Causal factors at these sorts of intersections are generally inattention, driving without due care and failing to give way to other vehicles as required,” Senior Constable Parker said.

RACQ’s Principal Traffic and Safety Engineer Greg Miszkowycz said installing a roundabout at the intersection would go a long way to improving safety.

“There has been a number of serious crashes over the years and we back calls for a safety improvement,” Mr Miszkowycz said.

“Installing a roundabout will force motorists to slow down and reduce conflict points at the intersection.

“If the intersection meets certain crash criteria, Cairns Regional Council can consider applying for Federal Black Spot funding to help construct a safer intersection.

“Anyone, including residents, can nominate a ‘black spot’ for funding consideration using a nomination form found on the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.

“More than 120 motorists have lost their lives on Queensland roads so far this year so we urge everyone, regardless of where they are driving to slow down, take their time and give way to vehicles correctly.”