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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing editor

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.

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