Too fast? Too slow? Time to have your say on speed limits

UPDATE: A key motorist group believes regional stretches of Queensland's Bruce Hwy could be given lower speed limits following a State Government review announced on Thursday.

RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz said it was a good time for a review, but said changing speed limits was a complicated process.

Mr Miszkowycz said RACQ's own survey data showed many drivers felt rural speed limits were appropriate.

For the limit to exceed 110kmh - the speed ceiling in Queensland - authorities would have to consider the road's surface, alignment, crash history and road sides.

With much of the Bruce Hwy deemed either medium-high or high risk, Mr Miszkowycz felt a slowdown could be on the cards.

He said there was evidence to support a lower limit, particular where roads were unsafe or included regular intersections.

Stretches could be given a lower limit while the government considers repairing or improving the road so it can better handle the higher speeds.


EARLIER: Think the speed limit on your road is too fast or too slow? Today's the day to have your say.

Queenslanders can go online from today to nominate a road as part of the Queensland Government's review of limits.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this will be the first major review of speed limits in Queensland since the introduction of mobile speed cameras in 1997.

"The purpose of this review is to apply consistent speed limits across the state to make roads safer for all road users," Mr Emerson said.

"Currently reviews are conducted in different regions of the state, however this is the first time we've called for nominations as part of these reviews.

"The 2013 road toll is currently 17 above last year. We are working hard to make our roads as safe as possible and this review is an important part of that."

The review is included in the government's $350 million, two-year Road Safety Action Plan.

It includes other safety priorities such as flashing lights at 300 schools, $82 million a year for road safety improvements and licence reforms for younger and older drivers, and motorcyclists.

Mr Emerson encouraged everyone to get online or write to nominate a road they believe needs to be reviewed.

"Safety engineers will consider the potential for lower or higher speed limits where the road conditions have changed since the speed limit was initially set," he said.

"We particularly want to hear concerns about roads with too many speed zone changes, or where there are not enough speed limit signs.

"Any changes to speed limits need to have the right balance between safety and taking into consideration traffic, pedestrians and surrounding infrastructure."

After all submissions are received, Transport and Main Roads will work with local councils to identify the top 100 roads.

The review is expected to take about six months and the results will be published.

Submissions can be made online at until Friday, 6 September or posted to Speed Limit Review, PO Box 673, Fortitude Valley 4006.

What state-controlled roads would you like to see the speed limit changed for in your area and why?

Let us know by leaving your comment below.

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