Be pa­tient, stay safe

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

ON OUR re­cent fam­ily trip from Mun­dub­bera to Mary­bor­ough, April 19, at 10am we were over­taken by nine mo­tor ve­hi­cles within 15 min­utes on the A3 High­way be­tween Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah. We were as­ton­ished!

I checked my speed... we were on ex­actly 100kmh. Most of the ve­hi­cles were large 4wds. Two passed us on the re­duced speed area at the Bin­jour School. An­other passed us on the re­duced speed road­works af­ter the Bin­jour Bowls Club.

Again, we were over­taken at the re­duce speed sign ap­proach­ing the Bin­jour Range.

Ob­vi­ously, this per­son did not want to fol­low us be­cause we were obey­ing the speed lim­its.

At the end of the range, still on the dou­ble lines, we were quickly ap­proached and passed by a large 4wd again. Yes, we were trav­el­ling at 100kmh. Closer to Gayn­dah there were six of our im­pa­tient mo­torists stuck be­hind a semi.

But my heart was inmy mouth, when the last ve­hi­cle, a new Toy­ota Land­cruiser V8 Ute, tried to pass the en­tire con­voy on a 200m straight. He failed and had to force in be­tween two oth­ers.

At the Baramba Creek bridge­works, af­ter the traf­fic con­troller let us through, a per­for­mance Fal­con passed us all in the 40kmh zone, nar­rowly slip­ping in front of us and the on­com­ing car­a­van. So fast, that we couldn't tell if the num­ber plate was Queens­land.

None of th­ese ve­hi­cles had P plates, most of their ve­hi­cles are out of the price range for young peo­ple any­way.

What we have are very over con­fi­dent and more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers. They have no re­spect for any other road user. They thrive in the adren­a­line rush. They love a chal­lenge. They take chances and gam­ble with their lives and ours.

Get ed­u­cated. Obey the law. Take a look at our road toll! Steven Crofts Mun­dub­bera

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