Improve Road Safety on Captain Cook Highway near 'Rock Art'
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The Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas is used by over 10,000 vehicles per day.
Recent discussions in the media and social media, indicate that local residents are concerned about driver safety on a particular section of the road between Palm Cove, Ellis Beach and Wangetti. A double fatally occurred at this site on May 28, 2017 and many people have expressed that there will be more accidents there due to drivers taking unnecessary risks. In 2017 there have been 3 fatalities and more than 4 separate accidents near the balancing rock art at Ellis Beach.
Improved Road Safety & Signage
- Increase slow vehicle turn out lanes
- Increase number of overtaking lanes
- Add appropriate warning signage before rock art
Reasons for recommended improvements
- Reduce motorists taking chances such as overtaking slower vehicles on double line marked roads. Allow slower vehicles the opportunity to pull over and let traffic safely pass.
- Reduce motorists taking chances such as overtaking slower vehicles on double line marked roads. If presented with more overtaking lanes, this would provide the incentive for the driver to think, wait and then overtake safely when required.
- Erect appropriate signage before the rock art indicating vehicles may be frequently pulling in/out and warning traffic to drive to the conditions.
Concerns have been raised reducing the speed limit to 60 kilometres per hour may further encourage drivers to take risks such as overtaking traffic on double line marked roads.
If you have any suggestions, feedback or would like to share your experience driving on the Captain Cook Highway please sign the petition or share this link on social media.
- Road Traffic Numbers (Link to source)
- Cairns Post (Link to source)
- Road Warning Signs Qld (Link to source)
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