Cutting speed in high-crash zone

Published 5:00am 7 June 2024

Cutting speed in high-crash zone
Words by Nick Crockford

The speed limit on a dangerous 14km stretch of Moreton Bay hinterland road is being reduced.

Mount Samson Rd will have its speed limit cut from 100km/h to 90km/h between the North Pine River at Dayboro and Broads Rd, Closeburn, from June 28.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the change follows 20 injury-causing crashes, recorded by police. on that stretch of road between 2018 and 2023.

“Mount Samson Road has earned itself the unwanted title of being one of the more dangerous roads in City of Moreton Bay since 2018,” he said.

“We understand that reducing speed limits is sometimes an unpopular option, but we are unapologetic about this change if it saves even one life.

“Decreasing the speed limit by just 10km/h can lead to a significant 30 per cent decrease in the likelihood of serious crashes according to national research.

“The adjustment in travel speed only adds 23 seconds to the 14km section of Mount Samson Rd journey, so it’s a very small price to pay for safety.”

Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) said: “In addition to the speed limit reduction, Council will be undertaking additional road safety measures on Mount Samson Road in the future.

“We will be commissioning an independent road safety audit to guide further safety improvements along the route with a view to delivering the recommendations as part of Council’s capital works program.”

Improving road safety and reducing the severity of crashes on Council roads is a priority of City of Moreton Bay’s Integrated Transport Strategy.

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