Crash investigators at the scene of the double fatality on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro earlier this year.
Crash investigators at the scene of the double fatality on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro earlier this year. Alistair Brightman

Even idiots can be made to obey the road rules

Letter to the Editor

EVERY weekend we seem to have a lot of road accidents, from minor scrapes to horror crashes.

Why? You'd think we would know by now, and be able to do something to stop them.

We do, and we can.

MP: People are dying on the Bruce Hwy and it must stop

'My friend would be alive if the Bruce Hwy was four lanes'

Firstly, nearly all accidents are the result of inappropriate speed. Less pace allows more time to take avoiding action, regardless of other contributing factors, like drinking, drugs, fatigue, inexperience, stupidity, inattentiveness, distractions and stuff like that.

A crash off the Mary Valley Hwy earlier this week.
A crash off the Mary Valley Hwy earlier this week.

How to make people drive at a sensible speed? We (most of us) obey laws because we are reasonably intelligent, but also because we want to avoid penalties.

Even idiots can be made to obey the rules. How? By making the penalties severe, really severe. Like confiscation of vehicles, long or maybe lifetime suspension of licence, or even jail.

COLLISION: Crash on the corner of Reef Street and Channon Street this week.
COLLISION: Crash on the corner of Reef Street and Channon Street this week. Rowan Schindler

Forget "random” breath testing (thanks Joh Bjelke Petersen). Thousands of tests slow down traffic and result in very few arrests.

Consider the number of police occupied, who could be catching criminals, or better still, patrolling the roads in cars or on bikes. Nothing makes us more aware than the sight of one of these.

Drive to consider the traffic volume, state of the road and weather.

Your life, or somebody else's depends on it. And avoid consequences!

P.S Has anybody proved that alcohol or drugs reduce your ability to drive safely?

Richard Channell,

Kandanga.

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