We can all get hurt
MOST people are not fully aware of how easily they could ruin or lose their lives on the roads or how badly they could hurt their own family, a senior Gympie emergency worker warned yesterday.
As families all over Australia plan their Easter break, Gympie Hospital’s acting director of emergency, Jason Lindeman said most road safety advice focused on the dangers of drink driving and speed.
But Mr Lindeman said lots of ordinary people going for an ordinary drive also had horrific crashes.
“It could be someone driving to work or taking the kids to school,” he said. “All it takes is a tiny lapse of attention. Maybe they’re fiddling with the CD player or the kids are playing up and they get distracted.
“A substantial number of the crashes we see are people who are not doing anything out of the ordinary. It can be poor judgment or poor roads or driving too long without a break, which can be like being drunk.”