IT WAS interesting to read your correspondent Geoff Smith’s comments about the accidents happening at the Shute Harbour Road-Gregory Cannonvalley Road junction.
I agree the approach roads are well marked, well surfaced, straight and flat, and the main problem is of course with some of the drivers who use it.
If you don’t have to use this part of our roads regularly, (you may not be as aware as those of us who do) of the way many drivers seem to be in such a hurry.
Reducing the speed limit approaching the corner should make people more aware of their surroundings and oncoming traffic.
In the case of my accident in February, I was not exceeding the speed limit (verified by witnesses).
The other driver was an overseas tourist, who obviously did not understand our road rules.
It is simple – if you have to give way to other traffic – you do it – even if you have to wait for that traffic to pass.
I have spoken with local member Jason Costigan who agrees that not enough education/testing of our road rules is done when handing out licences to overseas visitors hiring cars.
We are getting more overseas tourists coming to our shores, but something has to be done about this problem.
We have many areas on our regional roads where the speed limit is 100kmh which they may not be used to, as well as understanding the traffic signs we use and abiding by them.
I have contacted the appropriate Minister – who as yet has not replied. However I will continue to request that something be done urgently. Noelene Helman Mt Julian