150 CAUGHT IN SIX HOURS
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.