Unique road protest
A LOCAL man caused the closer inspection of some local roads, after he barricaded himself inside his tractor on an intersection on the Gatton-Esk Road on Thursday.
Gatton-Esk Road resident, Rick Stevans, said the T-intersection on Gatton-Esk Road and Millers Road was an accident waiting to happen, due to a blind spot that could occur when a vehicle enters the turning lane, into Millers Road.
“I drive this road every day and I have seen near misses a couple of times,” he said.
“There is going to be a head-on here, it's just a matter of time.
“There is a blind spot here that can be at least four seconds long and then it would be death for whoever was coming along the road.”
Mr Stevans said he had seen enough close calls to want to do something about the road.
“I had rung the council and police and local politicians and no-one was listening.
“People wouldn't talk to me or didn't want to listen.
“I just wanted to do something that would draw some attention to the issue.”
Drivers who went past Mr Stevans blockade had mixed reactions, including outrage at the inconvenience and agreement with his cause.
Mr Stevans said he was prepared for those people who did not agree with him.
“I just want to get people thinking about this road and what can happen if you don't see someone coming,” he said.
“I just wanted to be heard and get the message out there, because this road is one a lot of people travel.
“It comes down to the fact that someone could be killed.”
The Department of Transport and Main Roads was notified on Thursday of the potential road safety issue at the intersection.
Main Roads said all road signage, line markings and additional turning lanes at this intersection are in compliance with departmental standards.
The department will continue to monitor roads to ensure safety needs are being met.
Community members with concerns about state-controlled roads are encouraged to contact their local Transport and Main Roads office.
Editor's note : Here at the Star we do NOT encourage residents to take matters into their own hands as Rick Stevans has.
In saying that, it is inspiring to see a person who cares this much. Not only did he feel this passionately about this issue, but he was prepared to do whatever it took to make people listen to him.
Often we see road accidents and we are left wondering if we did everything to prevent them.
Mr Stevans was determined to make people listen to him and if there is ever an accident on this road he can sleep soundly at night knowing he did everything possible.