Police urge motorists to slow down around roadworks

POLICE at both ends of Toowoomba's Y axis, the New England Hwy, are calling on motorists to pay attention and slow down, particularly around roadworks.

Crows Nest police officer-in-charge Sergeant Greg Dawes said there had been an increase in the number of traffic crashes in his region.

"This section of highway has a number of roadwork sites, especially between Geham and Hampton where speed limits are currently reduced to 40km/h in places," Sgt Dawes said.

"There have been several traffic crashes that have occurred in these roadwork areas, which have endangered the roadworks staff.

"A momentary lapse in concentration has proven to have disastrous and potentially fatal consequences."

He said driver inattention and driver error were behind the majority of the crashes.

Daily patrols by Crows Nest police as well as Toowoomba Traffic Branch officers have been scheduled for the region.

"If any motorist is caught violating any traffic law then they will be prosecuted.

"This includes enforcing the signed speed limit through roadwork sites."

Meanwhile, Clifton police officer-in-charge Sergeant Guy Smidt said weekend mobile patrols on the New England Hwy in his region confirmed motorists were not heeding warnings about speeding.

He said five motorists were caught driving more than 20kmh over the limit in a 100kmh zone.

"It appears the impatience of some of the drivers is starting to show through.

"We just appeal to the good senses of our motorists to slow down a bit."


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