Action needed

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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