Speed checks on Main Ave and Shaw Rd

By on February 10, 2014

DRIVERS heading east on Main Avenue have had their speed monitored by cameras and digital signs from November until February in a council effort to crack down on speeding trouble hotspots.

Signs warning motorists to slow down in Brisbane's north.Workers installed a new camera and display sign on Monday, November 4 on Main Avenue. And then last week, February 3, the sign was moved to Shaw Road.

The sign rotates to three different locations throughout the ward, with solar power sources installed to power them. It will be in each location for about three months before being moved on.

One Main Avenue resident welcomed the initiative, saying the road was often used as a rat run, with speeding drivers cutting across from Newman Rd to Sandgate Rd in peak hour traffic.

Council hopes the signs are a cost effective way to slow speeding drivers, with each sign costing about $10,000 compared with a $50,000 speed camera (which falls under the State Government’s purview).

Each ward of Brisbane City Council receives one camera each, to rotate through three locations that have been identified by local councillors as speeding hotspots.

The cameras do not record and do not issue fines.

UPDATE (27/02/2014): Cr Kim Flesser (Northgate Ward) supplied the current list of identified sites as:-

  • Main Ave, Wavell Heights
  • Shaw Rd, Wavell Heights (near bikeway crossing)
  • Tufnell Rd, Banyo (outside the kindy)
  • Flower St, Nundah
  • Oates Pde, Northgate
  • Leckie Rd, Kedron (outside the school)
  • Buckland Rd, Nundah (outside school)
  • Melton Rd, Nundah (near zebra crossing).

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  1. Caroline Ryan

    February 16, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thanks NorthernLife – I was wondering what the sign on Shaw Road was all about!

    • Nick Moore

      February 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

      You’re welcome. That’s what we’re here for!

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