Dangers of a street rat-run

By DARRYN NUFER

FEARS over a traffic rat-run which has developed since the installation of lights at the intersection of North Rockhampton's Thozet Road and Elphinstone Street has prompted a public warning.

Police are aware of the danger of increased and speeding traffic in parts of Rockonia Road and Dunbar Street and plan to take action.

Cr Greg Belz said Rockhampton City Council had been forced to go to the police after receiving many complaints from residents.

"People are rat-running. They're exceeding the speed limit and they're endangering the lives of children in the area,'' Cr Belz said.

"It happens across the city and it probably happens in most cities in Australia.

"But it doesn't make it right just because it happens all the time.''

Cr Belz said the installation of traffic lights and give-way signs in Rockhampton unfortunately meant some motorists had changed their travel routes and added danger to certain suburban streets.

"It's disappointing to see some motorists taking short-cuts through nearby streets.

"They're doing it to save a few seconds by avoiding traffic lights.



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