Flashing traffic warning signs to bolster road safety

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today switched on the first of up to 200 flashing traffic warning signs, which will be installed as part of a $3.2 million program to improve road safety through greater driver awareness.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new road safety program would target sites where illegal driving behaviour is creating safety concerns and was leading to accidents.

“These highly visible, permanent LED signs will alert motorists to upcoming road conditions and provide a timely reminder to slow down on approach to traffic intersections,” Cr Quirk said.

“This program is designed to heighten motorists’ awareness of road conditions and hazards, and encourage them to heed signed traffic directions, to reduce the risk of accidents.”

Cr Quirk said the signs used similar technology to the highly successful roll out of speed warning signs, which effectively slowed down 40 per cent of all speeding drivers on suburban streets.

“Motorists have responded well to the visual reminder to check their speed by slowing down on average by 9.2 kilometres per hour, which is keeping pedestrians, cyclists, school students and other motorists safer,” he said.

“We believe that this new safety package will be just as effective in raising motorists’ awareness about their speed and sign posted traffic directions.”

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the flashing traffic warning signs would have two main features aimed at targeting dangerous driving to improve safety on local roads.

“The solar powered signs will have a rectangular sign with ‘SLOW DOWN’ lit with highly visible LEDs, with a separate diamond-shaped warning sign above,” she said.

“Council will use a variety of traffic warning signs, including pedestrian crossing ahead, curve ahead, roundabout ahead and stop sign ahead.

“Each sign is vehicle activated and LED lights are triggered by approaching vehicles as detected by the sign’s radar.”

Cr Cooper said Council was focused on improving suburban road safety and was investing $1.3 billion into more than 90 road projects this term to reduce congestion and boost safety.

Each Ward will be allocated a budget of $28,000 per year, for four years, to purchase and install these signs in their ward, with each sign varying in cost depending on location and type.

For more information about Council’s road safety measures, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.