Drive safe and stop speed­ing

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Ali Kuchel Ali.kuchel@gat­ton­star.com.au

A STAG­GER­ING 17 mo­torists were found to be driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs in a six hour pe­riod last week along the War­rego High­way.

While I take my hat off to the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice for con­duct­ing Op­er­a­tion Que­bec Smoke in such a large op­er­a­tion, it dis­ap­points me with how many drug driv­ers are on the road.

What makes the statis­tic worse is the find was dur­ing a six hour road blitz. What about other roads in the area and at other times?

How many more drug driv­ers are out there?

I am no stranger to rant­ing about speed­ing mo­torists, and as a mo­torist my­self, I be­lieve road safety is su­per im­por­tant.

How of­ten do you wit­ness some­one speed past you on the War­rego High­way, or fail to give way at the in­ter­sec­tion of East­ern Drive and For­est Hill-lai­d­ley Rd, or have an­other mo­torist tail­gate you even though you are do­ing the speed limit?

I be­lieve some of these be­hav­iours come as as a re­sult of our fast paced mov­ing so­ci­ety. Ev­ery­one is “over­worked” or “does not have any time” or sim­ply “in a hurry” to get from A to B.

And be­cause of this, their care fac­tor for other mo­torists goes out the win­dow.

Some­times it could just be purely driver ig­no­rance.

Our po­lice can not be ev­ery­where at once.

There are only so many man hours to mon­i­tor traf­fic, let alone the other crimes oc­cur­ring in our re­gion. It is up to mo­torists to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tions.

So my plea is to take a minute and slow down.

Not only will it save your life, but it might save the life of some­one else.

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