The Courier-Mail

Daugh­ter de­mands tough new road laws


AU­DREY Dow was killed by a car that never should have been on the road.

The grand­mother (pic­tured) was 50m from safety, driv­ing to her North Mackay home with her grand­daugh­ter, when a car en­tered her lane and smashed into their car head-on in July 2013.

The driver of the other car was driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and was us­ing his phone at the time of the crash, the Coro­ner found in an in­quest fi­nalised this year.

Daugh­ter An­gela Meik­le­john said the fam­ily had been dev­as­tated by the crash with the other driver only re­ceiv­ing a $4000 fine.

“It’s very easy to kill your­self or some­body else on the road,” she said.

Ms Meik­le­john urged driv­ers to be care­ful, say­ing she felt sick see­ing driv­ers us­ing their phones.

“How many times does some­one have to re­of­fend be­fore get­ting the ul­ti­mate penalty of go­ing to jail?” Ms Meik­le­john said. “We would like to pre­vent this painful sit­u­a­tion hap­pen­ing to other peo­ple. Be strong. When you are driv­ing, you’re busy. You can’t con­cen­trate on the phone and on watch­ing the road ... your friends and your mes­sages can wait five min­utes.”

Ms Meik­le­john said bring­ing in dou­ble de­merit points for driv­ers caught us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing was not enough, as it was only a de­ter­rent for peo­ple who had a driver’s li­cence.

Her fam­ily wants to change leg­is­la­tion where a driver who kills or causes se­ri­ous bod­ily harm while driv­ing with­out a li­cence, or while on a mo­bile phone, is charged with the higher charge of “dan­ger­ous dan­ger­ous driv­ing driv­ing”. .

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