Intersection named as hotspot
AN IPSWICH intersection has been named as one of the state's crash hotspots but driver error is being blamed for its poor safety record.
The latest statistics from the Department of Transport and Main Roads show the Aberdare St, River Rd and Brisbane Rd intersection at Dinmore is fourth in the top-20 intersections for serious accidents in Queensland.
The junction had eight serious crashes, resulting in 12 seriously injured casualties, in the two years leading to December 2010.
Traffic from Ipswich Motorway, the Warrego and Cunningham highways and Brisbane Rd, feeds into the intersection, making it one of Queensland's busiest.
But the Department of Transport and Main Roads says the intersection, which is being upgraded, is not unsafe.
A department spokesman said the sheer volume of traffic passing through the intersection and poor driver behaviour accounted for the vast majority of serious crashes.
"In 2011, 96% of all fatal crashes were a result of driver behaviour: speeding, illegal manoeuvre, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving tired, failing to give way or stop, disobeying a traffic light/sign and dangerous driving," the spokesman said.
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said a significant amount of money had been invested to make the intersection safer.
"There is significant traffic that use the intersection. I would ask for people to obey the road rules and have some patience," she said.
Josh Reeks, from Darryl Reeks Archery, adjacent to the intersection on Brisbane Rd, was surprised it ranked so highly.
"I would have assumed there was one serious accident every 12 months," he said.
Further down the Warrego Hwy, more than $94 million is being spent to improve its intersection with the Brisbane Valley Hwy, with work to begin mid-year and finish in mid-2014.
The junction of Rochedale Rd and Springwood Rd in Logan was named the worst, with 12 crashes, followed by Mt Gravatt Capalaba Rd and Gateway Motorway with 13.
Last year, Transport and Main Roads spent $5.4 billion to maintain, manage and build Queensland's roads.
In 2009 a total of 1059 crashes were recorded on Ipswich roads.
162 people were hospitalised from car crashes in Ipswich during 2010.
The number of people hospitalised from crashes in Ipswich dropped by 19.8% in 2010.