DSC looks at road safety
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.”