The only way to stop stupid driv­ers


FOR the last six months I have driven to Bris­bane at least once a week, usu­ally on the week­end, so let me make some ob­ser­va­tions.

Many driv­ers ig­nore the “keep left un­less over­tak­ing” law (where speed limit is over 80km/h), par­tic­u­larly on the six-lane sec­tion, which re­sults in un­cer­tainty and er­ratic over­tak­ing.

A ma­jor­ity of driv­ers travel far too close to the ve­hi­cle in front of them.

The two-sec­ond gap has be­come the 0.7 sec­ond gap. Maybe they are sur­prised to see a multi-car nose-to-tail crash. I have three sug­ges­tions. Firstly, the po­lice could re­lease de­tails of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into fa­tal crashes, and news­pa­pers like the Sun­shine Coast

Daily or Big Rigs could print them.

Then those who are in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing their driv­ing could ben­e­fit from read­ing those ac­counts.

Although this would still miss a large part of the tar­get mar­ket.

Se­condly, Queens­land Trans­port should pro­duce a two-minute video show­ing dash­cam vi­sion (surely it ex­ists) of the re­sults of this be­hav­iour, with ev­ery­one re­new­ing their li­cence re­quired to watch it.

Thirdly, more en­force­ment might help. Maybe some of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s mul­ti­tude of me­dia ad­vi­sors could be used more ef­fec­tively to re­view cam­era footage of traf­fic taken from high­way over­passes. Pros­e­cute the of­fend­ers. The pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence will be there and pub­li­cise the pros­e­cu­tions. — Phil Gar­rad

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