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Police warn drivers to slow down

Learner driver Lucie Davies takes it easy on the roads yesterday.
Learner driver Lucie Davies takes it easy on the roads yesterday. Renee Pilcher

RAINY weather and more forecast for the next 24 hours have prompted Gympie traffic police to ask motorists to make sure they take extra care when driving.

Gympie District Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Peter Webster said drivers needed to slow down and adjust their driving to the current wet conditions.

He said road surfaces became very slippery during this weather as rain combined with normal road residues such as oils and grease from motor vehicles.

This could limit the effectiveness of grip on tyres and could very easily lead to loss of control.

Motorbike riders were particularly vulnerable in wet weather because rain and road mist reduced general visibility, and the loss of grip on a motorcycle could lead to far more serious consequences.

Emergency services tips for safe driving in rainy weather are; if you can avoid riding a motorbike - do. Leave plenty of room and take your time on the road and thirdly, be mindful of road users, especially motorcycles near you.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting possible heavy rainfall for coastal areas between Double Island Point and the New South Wales border throughout the day and into this evening.

Firefighters across Queensland rescue more people from water than they do from fires each year, usually as a result of a lack of understanding of the dangers associated with crossing flooded creeks and causeways.

Drivers who attempted to cross a flooded road-way were not only putting their lives at risk by entering floodwaters, but the lives of their rescuers.

Swift water rescue is the most dangerous operation firefighters are required to undertake. Gympie officers ask readers to remember floodwaters are treacherous and the dangers are hidden beneath the surface.

Topics:  gympie police rain roads traffic weather

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