ROAD SAFETY PUSH

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MUNDUBBERA po­lice are tired of driv­ers ig­nor­ing stop signs and plac­ing lives at risk af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints from res­i­dents have been made.

Sergeant Daniel Clarke said the in­ter­sec­tion at Le­ich­hardt and Bou­verie street was a hot spot for mo­torists ig­nor­ing the traf­fic con­trol signs.

He re­in­forced the im­por­tance of stop­ping for at least three sec­onds be­fore pro­ceed­ing at stop signs.

“It’s very im­por­tant that mo­torists abide by this road rule and we’ll be crack­ing down on it in the com­ing weeks,” Sgt Clarke said.

“A com­plaint zone has been raised with the po­lice and we’ll be get­ting tougher on mo­torists as this be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated.

“We will be pa­trolling highly vis­i­ble pa­trols and en­force­ment in the area.”

The crack down comes af­ter nu­mer­ous com­plaints from res­i­dents about driv­ers fail­ing to stop at stop signs, Sgt Clarke said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Queens­land De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads, fail­ure to stop at stop signs can re­sult in a $365 dol­lar fine and three de­merit points.

All wheels on the ve­hi­cle must come to a com­plete stop.

Des Sav­age, a Bou­verie St res­i­dent, said he reg­u­larly saw cars ig­nor­ing the road rules.

“It’s a dan­ger­ous road and driv­ers should be wary of stop­ping,” Mr Sav­age said.

“Ev­ery morn­ing I sit out­side my house and just look at all the cars go­ing through (with­out stop­ping).”

Mr Sav­age said the in­ter­sec­tion should be turned into a round­about in­stead of a stop sign.

“I reckon they should have a round­about but the coun­cil be­lieves it’s not big enough,” Mr Sav­age said.

“(But) there’s plenty of room for a round­about.

“We’ve been try­ing for years to have one put in.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

NOT A SUG­GES­TION: Sergeant Daniel Clarke said po­lice are crack­ing down on stop sign ob­ser­vance, say­ing driv­ers are plac­ing them­selves and oth­ers at risk by not stop­ping.

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