Bruce Hwy deaths prompt 8000 calls for tougher penalties
A PETITION to strengthen Queensland laws for negligent driving causing death or grievous bodily harm was tabled in State Parliament recently.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett, who sponsored the petition on behalf of grieving families who have lost loved ones on the road, said the petition had collected 8188 signatures in support of harsher penalties.
Mr Bennett said the petition sought to bring Queensland law into line with other jurisdictions across the country.
"Clearly Queensland is badly out of step with our interstate counterparts and these laws need to be strengthened to save lives on our roads," he said.
"Queenslanders have spoken and it's clear that the people in this state want to see change to enhance road safety for all.
Mr Bennett paid tribute to community campaigners including Kerri Walker, who lost two of her children, Sarah and Daniel, in a horrific crash on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro on Easter Monday last year.
"Incredibly, through her loss she has found the strength to speak up to make a change and help other families.," he said.
Principal petitioner Trisha Mabley, whose son was severely injured in the crash the Walkers died in, said she was moved by the number of signatures collected.
"Everyone concerned has done such a wonderful job," she said.
"I'm so proud of Queensland for getting behind it."
SIGN THE PETITION TO UPGRADE THE BRUCE HIGHWAY AND SAVE LIVES: The Gympie Times has joined forces with Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien to bring pressure on the Federal Government to fast forward completion of the Cooroy to Curra Bruce Hwy bypass. Sign the petition to support the campaign at any of Mr O'Brien's offices, The Gympie Times office in 44 Nash Street and more locations to be finalised this week. Or sign the digital version of the petition at petition number EN0544.