Drive alert

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

DID you know that driv­ing tired is like driv­ing with an al­co­hol limit over .05? As road safety ad­vo­cates Mau­rice Black­burn are urg­ing mo­torists to keep this in mind be­fore head­ing off on hol­i­days this Easter. We of­ten see cases where fa­tigued and dis­tracted driv­ers cause a life­time of pain and suf­fer­ing, not only for them­selves and loved ones who have to pro­vide on­go­ing care but also for oth­ers on the road. Sadly, the 2015 Easter road toll saw 8 fam­i­lies af­fected by road fa­tal­i­ties – the worst in Queens­land his­tory since records be­gan 25 years ago, and more than dou­ble the num­ber of road-re­lated deaths than in any other state. Un­ac­cept­able fig­ures like th­ese show we all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure we

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don’t see a re­peat of last year’s hor­ror road toll. As Queens­lan­ders we are for­tu­nate to have a strong and ef­fec­tive CTP scheme that helps to as­sist peo­ple and their fam­i­lies if some­one is in­jured in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, but pre­vent­ing those ac­ci­dents in the first place is far more im­por­tant. To help avoid hav­ing an ac­ci­dent this Easter I ad­vise adopt­ing our top 5 tips: 1. Don’t drive if un­der the in­flu­ence of any sub­stance that may in­hibit your abil­ity to safely op­er­ate a car 2. En­sure car, tyres and trail­ers are ser­viced and are safe to drive prior to travel 3. Take a rest stop ev­ery two hours 4. Put the mo­bile in the glove box and des­ig­nate times to check mo­bile phones when you are not driv­ing 5. Obey speed lim­its and safe driv­ing prac­tices at all times With 45 fa­tal­i­ties across Queens­land this year alone I urge ev­ery­one to drive re­spon­si­bly this Easter so ev­ery­one can ar­rive at their desti­na­tion alive! You wouldn’t drive drunk so don’t drive tired. Peter Cooper Mau­rice Black­burn Lawyers

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