Spike in near misses with Townsville road workers

September 8, 2023 7:11 am in by

Local motorists are being urged to slow down through road works after a spike in near misses with council workers.

There has been 16 near-miss incidents recorded between vehicles and Council team members so far this year, compared to nine for all of 2022.

Mayor Jenny Hill says it’s a 43 per cent increase in recorded incidents with still more than a quarter of the year left.

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“Council is busy repairing and upgrading sections of our more than 1850km road network before the start of the wet season,” Cr Hill says.

“There’s been too many incidents of our team members nearly getting struck by a vehicle while on site because motorists aren’t paying attention, or they’re speeding or just refusing to obey the rules.

“Council is ramping up with more works over the coming months to try and get as much done before the wet weather sets in and we are encouraging people to slow down, pay attention and obey signage.”