Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By CAROLYN ARCHER

DRIV­ERS are fail­ing to heed the new 80kmh speed limit on the sec­tion of the Bruce Hwy near the Bux­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion, with 150 mo­torists caught ex­ceed­ing the speed limit in one six-hour pe­riod.

Childers Po­lice Act­ing Sergeant Grant Klaassen said in just six hours ear­lier this month, a mo­bile speed cam­era de­tected the ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing 80kmh, with one car cap­tured trav­el­ling at 118kmh.

Act Sgt Klaassen said on aver­age, mo­bile speed cam­eras de­tected no more than a cou­ple of speed­ing ve­hi­cles per hour, so it was dis­ap­point­ing to see driv­ers fail­ing to com­ply with the new speed limit.

“Driv­ers were given a one-month grace pe­riod af­ter the speed limit changed,” he said.

“The speed limit is clearly sign­posted.”

Act Sgt Klaassen said all ar­eas of the Bruce Hwy were pa­trolled by po­lice and would con­tinue to be mon­i­tored.

A Trans­port and Main Roads spokes­woman said the Bruce Hwy and Bux­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion was re­viewed af­ter re­ceiv­ing safety con­cerns from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and via elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“The re­view iden­ti­fied the area would ben­e­fit from a speed re­duc­tion to 80kmh, based on traf­fic vol­umes and the var­i­ous turn­ing move­ments at the in­ter­sec­tion, Bux­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion and the ser­vice sta­tion ac­cess,” she said.

“These find­ings were pre­sented to the Bund­aberg Speed Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing for con­sid­er­a­tion, who en­dorsed a speed re­duc­tion to 80kmh for an 800m sec­tion of the high­way, about 400m ei­ther side of the in­ter­sec­tion.”

The new zone was im­ple­mented in Fe­bru­ary.

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