Deadly Qld intersections revealed
Queensland’s most deadly intersections have been revealed, prompting a warning from RACQ for motorists to play it safe on the roads ahead of Christmas.
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Courier Mail reported data released by the Department of Transport and Main Roads highlighted the locations with the greatest frequency of serious crashes that lead to fatalities and hospitalisations between 2016 and 2018.
RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Kedron Park Road and Lutwyche Road intersection at Kedron topped the list, with 11 serious crashes resulting in 16 serious casualties.
“It’s no surprise we’ve seen this intersection named as the worst in the State, as it’s large and complex for drivers to navigate, catching many out who might not be paying attention to the traffic signals,” Mr Turner said.
“Many of the roads and intersections named are also regularly congested, which increases the risk of crashes occurring, particularly during those peak periods.”
Mr Turner said the Club welcomed recent upgrades to the Mount Lindesay Highway and Greenbank Road intersection at North Maclean, which was named as the second worst hotspot for serious crashes.
“This intersection is now signalised which will we expect will help fix the problem of drivers not giving way correctly,” he said.
“We’re also pleased upgrades have been made to the Old Gympie Road and Pumicestone Road at Caboolture which now operates under a fully controlled right arrow, along with the Shute Harbour and Gregory Cannon Valley Road in the Whitsundays which has improved turning lanes.
“Both of those intersections were in the top 10 and but with their recent improvements, we hope we’ll see them make their way off this list in the years to come.”
Ahead of Christmas, Mr Turner urged all drivers to follow the road rules and remember the Fatal Five.
“Don’t get behind the wheel drunk, drugged or fatigued, stick to the speed limit, wear a seat belt and don’t drive distracted,” he said.
“Getting back to basics with simple things like obeying traffic signals and signs and maintaining a safe following distance also go a long way to reducing the risk of crashes.”