HIGHLY-visible speed camera trailers are now being used to enforce reduced speed limits around road work sites across southeast Queensland.
The trailers were first rolled out late last year to monitor speed on busy motorways.
Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the trailers would now be used to help combat speeding through road work sites.
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“The placement of these trailers at road work sites sends a very clear message to Queensland drivers: the lower speed limit around road works is not just a recommendation – they are signed for a reason and we will enforce them,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
“Lower speed limits are often required because of changed traffic conditions around road work sites like lane width reductions, lane marking realignment and the need for workers to be in close proximity to traffic.”
Assistant Commissioner Keating said the Queensland Police Service was committed to ensuring the safety of road workers.
“In 2015/16, we recorded 142 road work site injuries in Queensland – that includes both members of the public and road workers,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
“These men and women are working hard to deliver better roads and congestion-busting initiatives for all of us – they shouldn’t need to worry about whether they are going to be hurt on the job because of bad driver behaviour.
“We are committed to reducing the road toll and crashes on our vast road network, and the roll out of these trailers at road work sites is just one way we are delivering on that commitment – but we can’t do it alone.
“Safety around road works is everyone’s responsibility. Please slow down, follow signs and obey traffic controllers’ instructions at all times.
“The reduced speed limits are clearly displayed and a sign advising motorists of enforcement in the area are in place.
“A security monitoring video system and alarms are fitted to the speed camera trailer to prevent theft and vandalism.
“The trailers are marked to remind all motorists that they should expect to be monitored by speed cameras anywhere, anytime.”
The trailers will be deployed at road work areas including the Gateway Motorway Upgrade and the Bruce Highway, Naranga overpass project.
For updates on road works and traffic conditions, visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.