Action taken at deadly regional intersection
A DEADLY stretch of the Tin Can Bay Rd where traffic turns off to Rainbow Beach has had a 20kmh speed limit reduction.
The Gympie region road toll doubled last year, with 12 people losing their lives on local roads, including popular Tin Can Bay businessman and father Ian Window at the Rainbow Beach Rd intersection.
The tragedy prompted renewed calls for something to be done about the intersection.
As of January 31, 2017, the speed limit on Tin Can Bay Road, near the Rainbow Beach Rd intersection, has been reduced to 80kmh.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said Transport and Main Roads had recently undertaken a safety audit and speed review of the intersection.
"The review took several important factors into account including crash history, traffic volumes, types of vehicles using the road, the geography of the road and its role in the road network," Mr Bailey said.
"The findings were presented to the local Speed Management Committee, consisting of representatives from TMR, Queensland Police Service and Gympie Regional Council, which endorsed the reduced speed limit at this location.
"While the review determined the majority of motorists adhere to the 100kmh posted speed limit, the committee acknowledged that a reduced speed zone may improve safety for motorists turning at the intersection."
Mr Bailey urged all motorists to look out for the new speed signs and be aware of the changed 80kmh speed limit on Tin Can Bay Rd.
"I would also encourage road users to be mindful of weather conditions and drive at a speed that allows them to react to these conditions on any given day," he said.