June 4 crash at the corner of Bolsover and Stanley St. The van rolled to its side Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin
June 4 crash at the corner of Bolsover and Stanley St. The van rolled to its side Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin Trinette Stevens

VIDEO: Blind spot intersection near Rocky schools

7.10am: A VIDEO showing how bad an intersection near some Rockhampton school gets during peak hour has been shared by a local driving instructor.

Evolution in Training instructor Leyland Barnett said there was a really bad blind spot when motorists turn right off Scott St onto Farm St to go up to the high school.

"Sometimes you get two cars trying to squeeze through the intersection at the same time," he said.

"It's a problem during peak hours."

"Another issue that I have observed, that is happening more often, is impatient drivers using dedicated turning lanes as overtaking lanes," Mr Barnett said.

 

Wednesday 3pm: AS RACQ revealed Rockhampton top five worst roads in the region, a driving instructor pointed to one intersection near three schools that needs upgrading.

RACQ today released the most dangerous crash zones based on RACQ Insurance claims over the last three years.

The five roads were Yaamba Rd, Fitzroy St, Bolsover St, Musgrave St and the Bruce Highway at Fairy Bower.

Evolution in Training instructor Leyland Barnett said he was not surprised these streets made the list as he constantly sees drivers being distracted by mobile phones and GPS.

He said there was one intersection that he feels need upgrading urgently which was the Farm/Scott/McLaughlin streets intersection down from Glenmore State School, Glenmore High School and Farm Street Early Learning Centre.

Mr Barnett said there was a really bad blind spot when motorists turn right off Scott St onto Farm St to go up to the high school.

"Sometimes you get two cars trying to squeeze through the intersection at the same time," he said.

"It's a problem during peak hours."

He said he believed there needed to be dedicated turning lanes on McLaughlin and Scott streets.

Mr Barnett said he had seen a lot of work done by governments to fix blackspots along Fitzroy Street including the Fitzroy and George St intersection and Fitzroy and East streets intersection.

However, he said there was still work needed to be done around the Fitzroy and Bolsover Streets intersection.

8.30am: ROCKHAMPTON motorists are being warned to be alert and aware when behind the wheel as the latest crash figures released reveal to top five worst roads.

 

RACQ has released the most dangerous crash zones based on RACQ Insurance claims over the last three years.

Top five worst roads in Rockhampton

  • Yaamba Road, Parkhurst - 69 crashes
  • Fitzroy Street, Rockhampton City - 61 crashes
  • Bruce Highway, Fairy Bower - 59 crashes
  • Musgrave Street, Berserker - 58 crashes
  • Bolsover Street, Rockhampton City - 38 crashes

RACQ's Renee Smith said some of the most unsafe roads were also Rockhampton's busiest roads.

"We know these roads are packed with motorists each and every day, and this congestion is a major contributing factor in many of these crashes," Ms Smith said.

"It's vital motorists take care and keep their eyes on the road as we're seeing a lot of distracted driver crashes, particularly in built up urban areas."

Ms Smith said more funding needed to be dedicated to upgrading these troublesome roads and intersections.

"This data brings home just how important it is that all three levels of government work together to focus its funding on these black spots," she said.

"Just because you're in traffic and moving slowly doesn't mean you can't be involved in a dangerous crash."

Top five worst suburbs for crashes in Rockhampton

  • Rockhampton City - 268 crashes
  • Berserker - 153 crashes
  • Parkhurst - 84 crashes
  • Norman Gardens - 77 crashes
  • The Range - 70 crashes


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