Driver shares view

Paul Dare said safety signs could cause more is­sues on roads

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

WIDE Bay Health Board mem­ber Paul Dare drives reg­u­larly for work.

“I prob­a­bly spend 20 hours a week driv­ing,” Mr Dare said.

“I tend to take the back roads a lot.

“It is the chal­lenge of driv­ing that keeps me awake.

“When you’re on the high­way it’s tir­ing.”

Mr Dare reg­u­larly com­mutes to places like Bund­aberg and Bris­bane and knows what parts of roads are dan­ger­ous.

“The worst bit of the driv­ing I do is be­tween Ban Ban Springs and Tansey (on the Bur­nett High­way).

“Once you get to Tansey, it’s a bit fun go­ing down the hill.”

While he said the high­way could be dan­ger­ous be­cause of bore­dom and driver fa­tigue, the qual­ity of the roads was good.

“I think the ma­jor roads are im­prov­ing,” Mr Dare said.

“Some of the other (roads) aren’t, but the ma­jor ones are.”

Mr Dare said he be­lieved one of the big­gest causes of in­ci­dents on roads was peo­ple not obey­ing safety signs.

“Driv­ers think that 60km/ hr (on the safety sign) is ad­vi­sory, but then they re­alise you ac­tu­ally have to do 60,” he said.

“When they don’t know the road that’s when ac­ci­dents oc­cur.

“Some of the 60km/hr signs should be 40.”

Mr Dare said some signs needed to be re-ex­am­ined.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

ON THE ROADS: Wide Bay Health Board mem­ber Paul Dare drives about 20 hours per week.

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