Jessica and Grace Hornby
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'Speed camera may save others'

A SPEED camera would not have stopped the crash that killed five-year-old twins Grace and Jessica Hornby, but it could help prevent future tragedies, the girls' father said.

Work on a long-awaited fixed speed camera for the Nambour Connection Rd intersection in Woombye will begin on Wednesday in a bid to save lives and stop dangerous driving in the area.

The camera's installation was a recommendation from a coronial inquest into the May 8, 2009 deaths of the five-year-old Hornby twins and their grandmother Denise Mansell.

Their car was hit by a vehicle driven by Anthony Thomson, who was speeding and on a cocktail of drugs including prescription medication for ADHD at the time of the accident.

He also died in the crash.

The new camera will monitor speeds for the next six months to determine if it has been effective in deterring motorists from speeding.

If not, the installation of traffic lights will be considered, as per the recommendations made in the coronial inquest.

Closing the intersection would be looked at as a last resort.

The girls' father, Michael Hornby, yesterday welcomed the announcement after hearing the Newman Government had been unable to commit to it earlier in the year.

"A speed camera wouldn't have saved my daughters' lives, but going forward I hope it can save other lives by deterring people from speeding," Mr Hornby said.

"It's outstanding that it's being's good for the community of Woombye and the motorists who use that road every day.

"There's still work to be done but this is an improvement to the inspection that has been needed for a long time."

Woombye business leader Les Hadlow said he would continue to lobby for traffic lights to be installed at that intersection when the time was right.

"We've been a bit quiet with the change of government," he said.

"We're well aware the government has no more money to spend so it seems pointless to be screaming until they get the budget in order.

"We're grateful for the camera and we're hopeful it will make them bloody slow down,

"It can be like a race track out there.

"I don't make any apologies to anyone who gets caught speeding through this camera."

Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister and Glass House MP Andrew Powell said research had shown speed cameras were effective in convincing motorists to stick to the speed limit.

Nicklin MP Peter Wellington, who has campaigned alongside Woombye residents for traffic lights since the 2009 accident, welcomed the commitment to improve road safety.