Development on the Warrego Highway at Dinmore (right) soon to be home to a Caltex and a Carls Jr.
Development on the Warrego Highway at Dinmore (right) soon to be home to a Caltex and a Carls Jr. Rob Williams

The only way to stop stupid drivers

FOR the last six months I have driven to Brisbane at least once a week, usually on the weekend, so let me make some observations.

Many drivers ignore the "keep left unless overtaking" law (where speed limit is over 80km/h), particularly on the six-lane section, which results in uncertainty and erratic overtaking.

A majority of drivers travel far too close to the vehicle in front of them.

The two-second gap has become the 0.7 second gap. Maybe they are surprised to see a multi-car nose-to-tail crash.

I have three suggestions.

Firstly, the police could release details of their investigations into fatal crashes, and newspapers like the Sunshine Coast Daily or Big Rigs could print them.

Then those who are interested in improving their driving could benefit from reading those accounts.

Although this would still miss a large part of the target market.

Secondly, Queensland Transport should produce a two-minute video showing dashcam vision (surely it exists) of the results of this behaviour, with everyone renewing their licence required to watch it.

Thirdly, more enforcement might help. Maybe some of the Queensland Government's multitude of media advisors could be used more effectively to review camera footage of traffic taken from highway overpasses. Prosecute the offenders. The photographic evidence will be there and publicise the prosecutions.

Phil Garrad
 

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