Fed up with for­eign driv­ers

Farmer fed up with the­way visi­tors drive

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TONY Russo has had enough of the carnage on our roads.

The Childers farmer is call­ing for a law change to make it manda­tory for in­ter­na­tional back­pack­ers to sit a driv­ing test be­fore they can drive on Aus­tralian roads.

Tony Russo’s call has come days af­ter two Her­vey Bay men were killed in a head-on col­li­sion in­volv­ing two Asian back­pack­ers.

Mr Russo said he wit­nessed sim­i­lar near misses al­most daily.

“Peo­ple are gen­uinely scared to drive on the roads here in Childers.”

The con­cerned farmer said ed­u­ca­tion was “not go­ing to be good enough”.

“I don’t mean to be racist but the (back­pack­ers) have scant re­gard for our road rules.

“They need to pass an exam just like we do.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Jack Dempsey stressed the ma­jor­ity of fa­tal­i­ties in the state were caused by Queens­lan­ders, not for­eign visi­tors.

“Th­ese driv­ers’ li­cences are re­cip­ro­cal across other na­tions,” Mr Dempsey said.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

ROAD RAGE: Childers-based farmer Tony Russo is fed up with the num­ber of back­packer-re­lated car crashes on the roads.

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