Speeding will pay for road program
SPEEDING motorists will fund a $40 million program of road safety improvements if Labor wins the state election.
Speaking in Rockhampton yesterday, the Premier Anna Bligh said new money would be made available to target 95 danger points on roads throughout the state.
About $3.85 million would be spent in Central Queensland, including $925,000 on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd to install reflectors and remove roadside hazards.
"This program is about ensuring future funding is spent where it will make the greatest difference," she said.
Although the state's road toll had fallen to record lows for each of the past two years, there had been 40 deaths on the roads already in 2012, she said.
"One death on our roads is too many," she said.
"A re-elected Bligh government will keep fighting to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roads."
The three-year funding package would be funded out of speeding fines.
Among the big ticket items is a $2.4 million commitment to protect bridge piers and abutments with guard rails at nine locations along the Bruce Hwy.
More than $450,000 will be spent to install guard rails and raised reflective pavement markers on the Burnett Hwy at Mount Morgan.