Christmas Road Safety – Why Don’t They Understand?
Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy writing about my experience on the M1 last Sunday with regards to Christmas Road Safety.
When I drive, I’m generally driving on the North Coast highway between Redcliffe and Peachester, to our holiday home. Peachester is 10 minutes west up the range from Beerwah, not far from Australia Zoo. From Peachester, it’s another 20 minutes to Maleny, using Bald Knob Road. And this road is amazing for motorbikes and particularly sports cars. I’ve had some great trips in my previous cars, a Ferrari F430 and a 458, my recently stolen Alfa Romeo Giulia QV and now my M3.
So, I was a little startled to encounter the traffic on the M1 – we left Redcliffe about 9.30 and hit the M1 a bit later. All were reasonable on the highway until I came to Springwood. A maniac in a Holden Ute thought that the highway was his personal race track – I saw and heard him coming from a long way off – he was darting in and out of traffic until he decided to turn off on a slip road near the Logan Hyperdome. In addition to this idiot, any number of cars that we passed on the way was missing a brake light and one individual didn’t have any brake lights at all
So all fairly calm until we hit the traffic at Nerang – I can understand the frustration of drivers having to reduce speed in a 100klm an hour zone to 40kph and I’m wondering how the Gold Coast and hinterland roads are really going to accommodate the Commonwealth Games traffic – it will be a nightmare and I agree with the organizers not to leave it too late to travel. If you’re coming down from the north side of Brisbane, I’d park and take the train.
So not long after the Broadbeach turnoff, again we encountered another lunatic. In his Subaru wagon, he was also weaving in and out of traffic, but this champion had 3 small children in his car. How did we know that – three car seats in the back we filled with small people. And I’m sure that if he had that inevitable accident that he’d be blaming everyone else but himself if his kids were injured.
But probably the worst of this unacceptable behavior was the young man driving his XR6 Falcon. He in the blue car with a loud exhaust was weaving in and out of traffic but doing it at about 140kph. We were travelling at 110 in reasonably light traffic but this fool obviously didn’t or doesn’t respect the speed limit. Again I saw him coming from a way off and moved into the centre lane. He was overtaking cars on the LH verge, darting in and out of lanes’ 1, 2 3 and four at speed. The only sad thing was that the two highway patrol motorcycles were already ticketing cars and either didn’t see him or decided that he was too far gone for them to give chase. Road safety is important but ever so more for Christmas Road Safety.
And apart from a Mazda wagon that inadvertently tried to run me off the road, that was the journey. We had a lovely day, visiting a sick mate at John Flynn hospital, a nice lunch and walkabout in Burleigh Heads. On reflection, I can understand the frustration of the Queensland Police Service. Why do people drive like they do particularly during peak traffic times?
I think that they all feel that they’re bulletproof that they have superior driving skills to most other drivers and that they don’t value either their lives or the lives of their passengers or fellow motorists. It’s time for some serious attention to road safety. Queensland Premier Palaszczuk– the ball’s in your court.
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