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Aged couple's truckie terror

AN ENRAGED truckie terrorised a middle-aged couple on the Bruce Hwy near Gympie on Tuesday morning, eventually forcing their car to a standstill, getting out of his truck and kicking in one of their doors.

Gympie police were yesterday investigating the incident which culminated just north of the new double lanes near Traveston.

Officer in charge of the Gympie police district, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves, said the Eumundi couple was travelling north on the Bruce Hwy on the way to Hervey Bay when the driver of a blue and white Isuzu began tailgating their Volkswagen Jetta about 7am.

While tailgating them he also continually blew on his air horn and flashed his lights on high beam.

At Traveston, he overtook the car and then pulled his truck up in front of it, blocking the lane and forcing the couple to stop.

The truckie then climbed down from his cabin and approached the terrified 64-year-old driver and his 50-year-old female passenger, yelling abuse at them and kicking in the panelling of the door before the driver was able to veer around the man and his truck and escape.

They went straight to the Gympie police station and reported the incident.

According to an article on caradvice.com.au, the overwhelming majority of motorists believe Australian drivers are becoming more aggressive.

A survey of 3740 Australians by insurance provider GIO in 2011 revealed that 85% believe drivers are getting more aggressive.

The study revealed Brisbane drivers were the angriest, while Sydney motorists were involved in less road rage than drivers in major capital cities.

In total, 95% of Brisbane motorists had been on the receiving end of road rage.

Across the country, 88% of respondents said they had been the victim of road rage.

Rude gestures were the most common form of road rage, while more than half of those surveyed had also been the target of tailgating and verbal abuse.

Almost one quarter of people said they had been followed in their car by an enraged driver.

The rate was higher for women than men.

Alarmingly, more than one in 10 people said they had been forced off the road during a road rage incident, while 5.9% said another driver caused damage to their car and 2.2% had been physically assaulted in a road rage incident.

Gympie Times

Topics:  bruce highway, gympie police, road rage, truckie



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