CALLIOPE road policing unit officer constable Nick Lindholm has told The Observer which intersections he is called to most in the region.

The constable, who has been working on the road for two years, said there was nothing wrong with these intersections or locations, but they were the places where many accidents happened.

1. Kin Kora Roundabout Dawson Hwy and Phillip St: The congestion in the morning and after work can frustrate drivers.

They can become impatient and don't give way to drivers on the roundabout. Pushing out into traffic and cutting people off results in accidents.

Kin Kora roundabout becomes congested in the mornings.
Kin Kora roundabout becomes congested in the mornings. Paul Braven

2. Phillip St and Glenlyon St roundabout:  At the big roundabout there we find people saying they don't notice the other vehicles on it. It's not an excuse.

The main issues we have are people not indicating when they exit and changing lines on a roundabout. Both are against the law.

Philip St and Glenlyon Rd has been named as one of the five worst intersections in Gladstone.
Philip St and Glenlyon Rd has been named as one of the five worst intersections in Gladstone. Paul Braven

3. Kirkwood Rd and Glenlyon St: That's a bad spot, Kirkwood is 80kmh and Glenlyon is 60 kmh.

People coming off Glenlyon onto Kirkwood fail to give way to the faster vehicles. It is still basic road rules that people become complacent with.

It is a frequent area for accidents and becomes more obvious when it rains a little bit, because it just highlights bad driving behaviours.

Kirkwood Rd and Glenlyon Rd.
Kirkwood Rd and Glenlyon Rd. Paul Braven

4. Red Rover Rd and Dawson Hwy: People fail to give way there resulting in crashes.

Drivers on the Dawson Hwy are approaching a 100kmh zone and are naturally speeding up.

People turning onto the Dawson Hwy from Red Rover Rd fail to give way to people on the Dawson Hwy.

People in the 80-100kmh zone can't stop. It's quite prevalent coming out of Red Rover.

Quite often its because drivers of work utes are in a hurry to get somewhere and they get T-boned.

Some drivers fail to give way at the Red Rover Rd and Dawson Hwy intersection.
Some drivers fail to give way at the Red Rover Rd and Dawson Hwy intersection. Paul Braven

5. Toolooa St and Young St: The intersection is a problem area, particularly around work traffic or shift changes.

With people trying to turn into Barney Point and, combined with the traffic on Toolooa St already being busy enough, people can get impatient and turn when there isn't enough room or they run a red light.

It is an offence to travel through a yellow light if it is safe to stop. The same penalty applies as a red light.

People need to be patient and drive with care.

The intersection of Toolooa St and Young St is a problem area.
The intersection of Toolooa St and Young St is a problem area. Paul Braven

Constable Lindholm said circumstances such as wet weather, fog and times at dawn or dusk could alter driving behaviour.

"Everyone needs to be patient and give consideration to others on the road and put yourselves in their shoes.

"At the end of the day we're all human, we experience the same emotions inside a car and it's how we use those emotions," he said.



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