Police want extension of 80 zone
GIN GIN Police are backing a campaign to have the Bruce Highway’s 80kmh speed limit section extended to prevent further crashes at the Big Dipper, north of the town.
Senior Constable Russell White said since the recent introduction of a lower speed limit between Carman Road and Monduran-Rosedale Road, there had been no accidents in that section of highway, but police were trying to extend the 80kmh zone to include the entire Big Dipper.
His comments came the day after a truck crashed on the notorious stretch of road at a hilly section 37km north of the town.
“He was coming down a hill and lost control in the wet,” Snr Const White said.
“The truck hit a culvert and jack-knifed, blocking the road.”
The highway was blocked for six hours while heavy moving equipment was called in from southern Queensland to help move the B-double carrying 40,000L of oil.
Snr Const White said police hoped to see an 80kmh speed limit put in place on the stretch where the crash occurred.
“We are trying to get the speed limit reduced for the whole Big Dipper, so the entire section between Duckpond Road and Monduran Dam Road is now under review by Main Roads,” he said.
The lower speed limit was put in place between Carman Road and Monduran-Rosedale Road from January 11, after a horrific spate of crashes.
There were 10 crashes in one week during the Christmas period.
“People have been largely well behaved and obeying the new speed limit,” Snr Const White said.
“Since it was introduced, we’ve had no crashes in that stretch, so it may be having some effect.”