Motorway lull reduces stress
FOR perhaps the first time this year, the Ipswich Motorway is one of the few places you can be stress free.
Ipswich shopping centres are currently filled with people regularly bumping into each other and barely managing to contain their rage.
But motorists travelling to Brisbane on the Ipswich Motorway are cruising, with lanes free and traffic flowing at speed limit.
With school holidays in full swing and city offices shut down for two weeks, traffic on the motorway has rapidly decreased.
But the Ipswich Traffic Branch warns the traffic ease can actually lead to higher-impact accidents.
“The traffic on the motorway at present has significantly decreased, but motorists should not get lulled into a false sense of security,” Ipswich Traffic Branch Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton said.
“Because speeds have increased on the motorway, especially inbound, the risk of a high-impact accident is far greater than normal.
“We advise motorists to be very wary of their speed and those around them on the motorway during this time.
“This time of year there is always a marked decrease in traffic because of school holidays, but it does not necessarily mean there are fewer accidents.”
During the six-week school holiday break, Ipswich traffic branch’s 21 officers will be assisted by general duties police in patrolling roads.
This year saw a sharp drop in the number of Ipswich road deaths, which police attributed to drivers making smarter decisions and obeying the rules of the road.