Contradicting speed limit signs confused motorists on the Warrego Highway near Brassall.
Contradicting speed limit signs confused motorists on the Warrego Highway near Brassall.

Drivers confused over speed signs

IT’S enough to put people in a spin – literally – and send their mind into contortions trying to work out what they’re meant to do.

Drivers on the Warrego Highway have been doing double-takes this week with conflicting speed signs on the highway near Brassall.

Beside the left lane on the west-bound side was a 100kmh speed limit sign. Straight across the highway was an 80kmh sign.

One motorist saw the funny side, saying she decided to go 100kmh when she was in the left lane and 80kmh in the right lane.

Another said it was more serious, arguing that the sign slip-up could be dangerous.

“If people are sailing along in the left hand lane and they look to the right and see the 80 sign they might panic and slam their brakes on because they’ve found they’re 20kmh over the limit,” she said.

“They’re trying to get us to stick to the speed limit and they don’t know what it is themselves. If I got fined, I’d contest it in court.”

Ipswich traffic branch Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton put the brakes on those fears.

“Before we do speed enforcement we check that the speed zones are compliant. We would never do speed enforcement where there are conflicting signs,” Snr Sgt Hamilton said.

State MP Wayne Wendt steered the situation on to a straighter course, saying the problem was fixed before it became one.

“It was brought to my attention and it was fixed last night,” Mr Wendt said yesterday. “Someone has either tampered with the sign or a vehicle has hit it. No-one is being clever or silly. If there is a discrepancy between the two speed signs people should adopt the lower speed. If people see anything like that they should contact Main Roads or my office.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the time it’s right. This is just one of those rare occasions.”



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