Roads are safer but risk exists
YESTERDAY and Sunday was a stark reminder about the inherent dangers of driving on Gympie region roads.
Two close calls yesterday morning and the loss of life Sunday morning showed no-one should take safety on the roads for granted. Sunday's fatality, outside the Gympie Cats AFL Club, was just the second death on the Bruce Hwy south of Gympie in 12 months. Granted the figures are a lot less than they were 5-10 years ago.
At one stage I was at a fatality nearly every month, sometimes twice. The highway south of Gympie has been made a lot safer. New double lane carriageways, reduced speed limits and a painted, metre-wide median strip have all helped reduce the road toll.
That said, we can't become complacent because a split second can be the difference between life and death.