THE decision by Main Roads to do virtually nothing about the Captain Cook Highway-Port Douglas Rd intersection defies logic.
If an intersection which is the site of regular accidents caused by confusion needs no remedy, whether it be a roundabout or traffic lights, then one has to wonder why we have roundabouts or traffic lights at all.
The Main Roads “safety audit” claimed there was no justification for traffic lights or a roundabout because of low traffic numbers.
The same report states there are more than 5000 vehicle movements at the intersection on average each day.
I’ve never been very good at maths but more than 5000 vehicles a day seems like a pretty significant number.
If there truly is no need for a roundabout or traffic lights, why have the developers in town been forced to pay for costly roundabouts because of so-called safety concerns?
For Main Roads to simply blame the accidents which occur there on driver error and then simply say people should take more care, fails to take into account that for whatever reason, people don’t at that intersection.
It doesn’t matter how many times you paint the lines or trim the hedges, emergency services workers will be cleaning up the mess for a long time yet.