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Speed limit change for the better

Warwick Road Safety committee secretary Andrew Gale and president Graham Buchner are pleased by the 80kmh limit.
Warwick Road Safety committee secretary Andrew Gale and president Graham Buchner are pleased by the 80kmh limit.

ALERT motorists heading north over the past month would have noticed they now have to wait a little longer before hitting the 100kmh mark.

The change in speed limits has come with the 100kmh zone being moved north of the Caltex truck stop.

Warwick road safety committee secretary Andrew Gale said the concern arose from cars and trucks having to accelerate quickly to reach the speed limit when leaving the Caltex, only having to drop to 80kmh shortly after.

"We had some motorists and transport operators approach us and ask us to do something about it," he said.

The committee approached the Department of Transport and Main Roads over the issue and were pleased they acted so promptly.

"It was refreshing to see Main Roads take action on something that was pointed out to them and it has made it a lot safer for vehicles to come out of the Caltex," he said.

Mr Gale said the change also made it easier for vehicles to turn into the busy service station and would make the road safer for all who travelled it.

"It might take people a minute longer to get to Brisbane, but the benefits to the community are well worth it," he said.

Committee president Graham Buchner said he was now working hard to get the speed limit painted on the road.

Mr Buchner said motorists were more likely to notice the speed limit if it was on the road in front of them.

"If you don't observe what is on the road in front of you then you shouldn't be driving, in my opinion," he said.

The road safety committee was always on the lookout for ways to improve the conditions of roads in the region and welcomed feedback from other users.

Any community members with road safety concerns can contact the committee through their website at warwickroadsafe.com.

Topics:  department of transport and main roads, motorists, road safety, speed limit, warwick


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