Stu­pid­ity driv­ing up road toll

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IT was sad to read in the Bul­letin about fur­ther deaths on the high­way be­tween Townsville and Mackay.

My wife and I have trav­elled this route on many oc­ca­sions over the last three years while our daugh­ter was study­ing in Mackay. Yes, the roads may need up­grad­ing and re­pair­ing in some ar­eas, how­ever, on each trip we were amazed with the risks driv­ers had taken on over­tak­ing other ve­hi­cles, not just one ve­hi­cle but four or five in a row near­ing a blind cor­ner.

We were amazed with the stu­pid­ity that some driv­ers had shown through im­pa­tience, and on sev­eral oc­ca­sions we wit­nessed some near misses on pos­si­ble head- on col­li­sions.

Un­for­tu­nately, there are ar­eas where you will travel some dis­tance with­out any over­tak­ing lanes be­ing avail­able.

Un­for­tu­nately, stu­pid­ity will oc­cur ev­ery­where.

The other day I wit­nessed while walk­ing down Ful­ham Rd in Townsville a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling be­tween 50- 60km/ h be­ing over­taken by one ve­hi­cle on the in­side and another ve­hi­cle on the out­side.

We could have the best roads, how­ever, we will still have ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in loss of pre­cious lives be­cause many driv­ers take risks with­out think­ing of the con­se­quences.

JOSEPH WALKER,

Gul­liver.

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