No point rushing on our wet roads
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.”
One of several accidents at Yule Pt recently