No Stop sign for intersection
HE WAS hit hard and fast with questions and concerns for more than half an hour – but there was no influencing Andrew Brien yesterday that a Stop sign was needed at Tinana’s killer intersection.
“If you put in a Stop sign and people don’t think they need to stop, then they’re not going to,” the Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO told a gathering of 10 residents.
“We have sought the advice of the police and they are of the opinion a Give Way sign is appropriate.”
Organised by resident of 17 years Denis Kettle, yesterday’s meeting was aimed at airing concerns about the intersection of Teddington and Iindah roads, which claimed the life of 17-year-old Adrian Hope on December 28.
The residents believe the accident – and dozens of others over the years – could have been prevented if the Give Way sign was replaced, the line markings were brighter and the intersection was better lit.
“We noticed that the lines have been re-painted since the accident but the main concern of ours is that this area seems to be treated as rural and people are taking a very relaxed attitude with the Give Way sign,” Mr Kettle said. “With the Stop sign people may not be stopping completely but at least they are slowing down so they are close to stopping.”
However, Mr Brian, who has the absolute power to install a sign, and the director of engineering Services, Wayne Sweeney, disagree.
They have stuck to their guns since conceding the intersection did not meet criteria for a Stop sign under the Main Roads traffic control devices manual – and yesterday defended their decision to “go by the book”.
Mr Brien said the council would, however, look at installing more lighting and refer the case to the “road safety watchdog”. He also noted that a new development planned for the area could see the installation of a roundabout at the intersection.
As for the Teddington Road residents, Mr Kettle said they would all be watching the intersection very closely for the time being.
“If there are any more accidents, especially coming from Iindah Road east, I will start questioning the rules and regulations of this manual,” he said.
“It was good to have the meeting. It seems like the council is a bit more friendly towards the issue.”