Reduce speed limit from 100km/hr on Scenic Hwy says Lawrie
LAWRIE Hohensee says the Scenic Highway stretch of road outside his driveway is an accident scene waiting to happen.
The well-known resident and surfboard shaper for many years spoke to the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week about the real danger along the road north of Emu Park.
"Our whole family is up in arms about it because there have been so many near misses here," Mr Hohensee said.
"This area can get very cramped and when the speed is 100km it just makes everything so much more dangerous."
The father and grandfather said just to get out or return to his driveway is something he has to take plenty of precaution with and wants to see the 100km/h speed reduced to 80km/h.
"I have to constantly watch the cars behind me if I'm coming from Emu Park and turning in because the cars behind me don't slow down," he said.
"We don't have a proper turn-off so I have to be very careful as to how I turn into my driveway."
Lawrie said he's been trying to get the speed reduced for a few years now, but with no luck.
"It wouldn't cost a thing to change the signs from 100km to 80km, and the 80km sign to 60km just before the Haven Rd turn-off," he said.
"They go like blazes once they (some drivers) see that 80km sign."
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson told the Capricorn Coast Mirror yesterday TMR always monitored the state-controlled road network to set appropriate speed limits and provide a safe environment for all road users.
"We have recorded no crashes on the 100km/h section of Western Yeppoon-Emu Park Road, near the Emu Park landfill, over the past five years," the spokesperson said.
"Any speed limit changes must first be endorsed by the local speed management committee. For the Capricorn Coast, this committee includes representatives from Queensland Police Service, Livingstone Shire Council and TMR."
The 100km/h speed limit on Western Yeppoon-Emu Park Road, between the Kinka Beach turn-off and Haven Road (Emu Park), was last reviewed by the Speed management committee in late 2012.
"The review considered local property accesses and the landfill access, recommending no change to the posted speed limit," the spokesperson added.
"Speed limits on the state-controlled road network are set in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices."