Busted: hold­ing up traf­fic

Gatton Star - - MOTORING -

There is no of­fence for trav­el­ling at 80km/h in a 100km/h zone with a string of cars lined up be­hind you IN­COR­RECT

You can be charged with fail­ing to show due care and con­sid­er­a­tion.

If you are trav­el­ling at 80km/h in a 100km/h zone you must pull over (when it is safe to do so) and al­low cars to pass.

So when should you pull over?

Gen­er­ally com­mon sense pre­vails … if you see four or five cars be­hind you that is the time to con­sider pulling over to al­low cars to pass safely.

When you think about it if ev­ery­one trav­elled at ex­actly 100km/h there would be no need for over­tak­ing at all.

Gat­ton Po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Se­nior Sergeant Row­land Browne urged driv­ers to al­ways be aware of other road users and to be cour­te­ous if the sit­u­a­tion pre­sented.

“If you are driv­ing con­sid­er­ably be­low the speed limit con­sider oth­ers and al­low them to pass when safe to do so rather than caus­ing oth­ers un­nec­es­sary de­lay,” he said.

“This may be par­tic­u­larly so if you are driv­ing a car­a­van or other slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cle on a long road with lit­tle over­tak­ing space.

“This is not some­thing your lo­cal po­lice en­force un­less spe­cific com­plaints emerge and we have good rea­son.”

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