Rider's death prompts call for probe into deadly stretch
MOTORISTS have started a petition calling for an investigation into road accidents between Forest Glen and Roys Road after another fatality at the weekend.
The petition, started by Angelic Cooke on Change.org argues there have been too many accidents on this stretch of road.
Do you think something needs to be fixed on the Bruce Highway?
This poll ended on 09 April 2016.
Yes, they should add an extra lane.
No, nothing is wrong with the highway it's driver error.
I don't travel on the highway so it doesn't affect me.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Ms Cooke, who lives in Beerwah and works as a traffic controller, told the Daily she used the Bruce Hwy several times a week and was certain the number of incidents around this area were "statistically far higher than normal".
On Sunday, Ipswich motorbike enthusiast and Sons of Southern Cross motorcycle club president Steve "Towball" Fitzsimons, 43, died near the Steve Irwin turnoff in a horror smash involving three motorbikes.
Early accounts indicated Mr Fitzsimons was riding with a group of five from Childers to Brisbane in the right-hand lane in a two abreast format, with one rider at the back.
A police spokesman said for unknown reasons one of the motorcycles veered right, hitting a guard rail causing the tragic spiral of events that led to Mr Fitzsimons' death.
Tributes have been flowing in for the popular father of two who was known for his charity work.
Ms Cooke said she constantly heard of "accidents on that stretch" and hoped the State Government would investigate.
Main Roads was unable to provide statistical data by deadline.
However work had been done to improve safety on that stretch of road.
"We recently completed construction of a new Bruce Hwy interchange at Roys and Bells Creek roads in 2015," a spokesman said.
"This $87.9 million federally-funded upgrade delivered critical safety improvements on this section of the Bruce Hwy by providing safer access to and from the highway, and enhancing connectivity for the local road network.
"We also upgraded the Frizzo Rd northbound on-ramp to the highway in 2014 to improve safety for vehicles accessing the highway."
More roadworks were also under way.
"There is currently planning under way to upgrade a seven kilometre section of the Bruce Hwy between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Mwy to six lanes, including major upgrades to both interchanges and the delivery of a service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway."