Speed cameras not enough
IT IS an intersection repeatedly making headlines, and locals are pleading something be done now, before any more fatal accidents claim front page.
The Eight Mile intersection where the Toowoomba and Brisbane turnoffs merge would seem a perfect candidate for the new hi-tech range of speed cameras being rolled out across the state including point-to-point cameras, but locals question whether it would be enough.
Local motorist and road safety advocate Len Willet said he would like to see a speed camera installed at the junction.
"I have been driving up and down this road for 60-odd years and I reckon it needs to go down to 60km," Mr Willet said.
"And an overhead speed camera would deter people from speeding."
Point-to-point and hi-tech speed cameras are to be installed at various high-crash locations around the state - so why not here, he asked.
Acting Superintendent of the State Traffic Branch Craig Hanlon said a point-to-point camera would not be suitable for the intersection.
"There are limitations to point-to-point technology; there must be a considerable length of road that doesn't have exits or entries because then you cannot calculate an average speed," Acting Superintendent Hanlon said.
Councillor Ross Bartley said police often had speed cameras set up at the intersection, but speed was not themain problem with this road.
"I don't think speed is an issue, it is visited regularly by speed cameras, it's the confusing nature of the traffic," Cr Bartley said.
He said plans for an overpass sat on the desks of Main Roads awaiting action from government.
"Plans sit there gathering dust as we gather statistics," Cr Bartley said.