DSC looks at road safety

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS Coun­cil is look­ing at new sig­nage re­mind­ing mo­torists what side of the road to drive on.

Mul­ti­ple far north­ern coun­cils are eye­ing mea­sures to lower the risk of se­ri­ous traf­fic crashes.

The Ma­reeba Shire is hand­ing out wrist bands to re­mind back­pack­ers to drive on the left in a first for the re­gion, and if suc­cess­ful could be rolled out in other parts of the far north, with Cairns Mayor Bob Man­ning say­ing he’d be keep­ing an eye on its suc­cess rate.

Dou­glas Shire is look­ing at more sig­nage. In­fra­struc­ture man­ager Michael Kriede­mann said: “We’re iden­ti­fy­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate sites. Coun­cil is hop­ing to roll this out for the up­com­ing tourist sea­son.”

Dur­ing the height of the 2016 tourist sea­son there were three head-on crashes in the space of three months, in­clud­ing at Wonga Beach where a Ger­man driver was al­leged to have been driv­ing on the wrong side of the road.

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Ju­lia Leu, dif­fer­ent driver char­ac­ter­is­tics are be­hind dif­fer­ent ap­proaches. “We’re mostly deal­ing with tourists but I’m keen to see how the wrist­band ini­tia­tive works up there.

“I’d like to see lo­cal hire car com­pa­nies get in­volved in a driver aware­ness cam­paign and re­mind mo­torists to drive on the left side of the road with a sticker on their glove­box or some­thing sim­i­lar.”

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