No point rush­ing on our wet roads

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

AF­TER at­tend­ing a third in­ci­dent on the Cap­tain Cook High­way in only a week, Port Dou­glas crit­i­cal care para­medic Ge­off Nash im­plored driv­ers to be care­ful on our roads and take time to get to their des­ti­na­tion safely.

“Peo­ple are al­ways try­ing to get to their des­ti­na­tions quicker, and tak­ing risks to do this, and ul­ti­mately there’s less than a minute in it any­way, par­tic­u­larly driv­ing from here (Port Dou­glas) to Cairns,” said Mr Nash.

“If you get past one per­son you’ll sim­ply be be­hind the next.”

Mr Nash said the yel­low signpost sug­gested speeds on cor­ners were there for a rea­son and it was im­por­tant for driv­ers to heed them.

“The sug­gested speeds are quite rea­son­able for those cor­ners as they all get slip­pery, par­tic­u­larly in the wet.

“And if there’s other slower ve­hi­cles on the road, or peo­ple who have trou­ble, you can come around the cor­ner and find some­one on the wrong side of the road, so you need to drive safely, and not try­ing to push peo­ple to get past.”

While the roads are a fac­tor, Mr Nash said driver be­hav­iour was a re­cur­ring prob­lem.

“The is­sue I have with peo­ple is they drive as quickly as they can (and) they don’t re­ally achieve any­thing. They put other road users at risk.

“We fre­quently do crashes along that road and be­cause of the na­ture of the turns there’s fre­quent rollovers.”

In a typ­i­cal month paramedics are called to one car crash a week along the Cap­tain Cook High­way, and with re­cent rains the con­di­tions have wors­ened.

“It’s not just your speed, it's the speed of other peo­ple on the road as well.

“There’s a lot of traf­fic on the road, a lot of peo­ple are un­fa­mil­iar with our roads, many over­seas vis­i­tors. So you need to drive well within your lim­its. Stay un­der the speed limit and un­der the rec­om­mended speeds on cor­ners. Drive with cau­tion, ex­pect­ing other peo­ple on the road are un­fa­mil­iar with it.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

One of sev­eral ac­ci­dents at Yule Pt re­cently

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