Speed re­stric­tion

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE Water­son track is a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. The Coun­cil in­stead of re-sur­fac­ing a danger­ous main thor­ough­fare to ac­com­mo­date heavy ve­hi­cles, line mark­ing the sur­face and in­stalled street light­ing, they came up with a bril­liant idea.

We will re­duce the speed limit by 10km/h.

Big news for coun­cil, any at­tempt to drive more than half of the orig­i­nal 60 km/h would be danger­ous and bor­der­ing on sui­cide in the hours of dark­ness on a wet road.

Any fu­ture civil claims, for dam­ages through the courts in re­la­tion to in­jury or prop­erty dam­age, caused by these road con­di­tions will be in­ter­est­ing.

Pos­si­bly the ju­di­ciary will in­ter­pret this cost sav­ing de­ci­sion to re­duce the speed limit rather than re­pair a danger­ous main road, with the ap­pro­pri­ate judg­ments, as an ad­mis­sion of li­a­bil­ity by the coun­cil. Duty of care again ap­pears to be ig­nored.

If or when Water­son Way is ever up­graded, there is go­ing to be ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tions and could re­sult in all traf­fic ex­cept heavy ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the main street. Water­son Way should have been up­graded be­fore the main streets traf­fic flow was dras­ti­cally changed.

Heavy ve­hi­cles phys­i­cally can­not pass through this road, yet we live in a cy­clone area?

When you are part of the orig­i­nal prob­lem and not part of the so­lu­tion its time to move on and let more com­pe­tent peo­ple do the job. Alan Bev­er­stock AIR­LIE BEACH

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