Range of frus­tra­tions

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

ONE of the big­gest an­noy­ances driv­ing around Cairns and be­yond is the in­creas­ing num­ber of mo­torists trav­el­ling below the speed limit.

In my many kilo­me­tres of driv­ing each year slow driv­ers are more ap­par­ent than speed­ing mo­torists.

Yes, I have seen speed­sters, roar­ing past me or go­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, but not to the level of driv­ers who can­not main­tain the speed limit.

The worst ex­am­ples are on our range roads, par­tic­u­larly the Ku­randa Range.

I knew when the speed limit was dropped from 80km/h to 60km/h the jour­ney on the Kennedy High­way from Smith­field to Ku­randa would be­come snail paced.

I was right. I can guar­an­tee that ev­ery time I head up the Ku­randa Range I will get caught be­hind oth­ers who can­not main­tain the 60km/h limit.

Many are forced to daw­dle be­hind Cap­tain Slow at 50km/ h, 40km/h and even 30km/h.

To add to the frus­tra­tion many of these ig­no­rance mo­torists refuse to pull into the slow lanes to let oth­ers, who are fully ca­pa­ble of driv­ing at 60km/h, get passed.

Then there are those who do not reach 100km/h on the open road.

They sit be­tween 75km/h and 99km/h, vary­ing their speeds up and down, un­able to en­gage their cruise con­trol, just have no idea or are too scared to sit on 100km/h.

In town it’s the slow coach who me­an­ders along at 40km/h in 60km/h zones, un­aware of the build up of traf­fic be­hind them.

This is an ev­ery day oc­cur­rence and is far more com­mon than speed­ing mo­torists, lead­ing to risky over­tak­ing ma­neou­vres.

It’s about time po­lice started tar­get­ing slow driv­ers who im­pede a good flow of traf­fic. But they won’t. Speed­sters are in their sights and the rev­enue that is raised. SUBARU do Mo­tor­sport team driver Molly Tay­lor has be­come the first fe­male win­ner of the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship (ARC) af­ter the tight­est ti­tle tus­sle in 25 years.

Af­ter a three-day cam­paign at Ken­nards Hire Rally Aus­tralia in the all-wheel drive group N pro­duc­tion class WRX STI NR4, Tay­lor join the dis­tin­guished list of ARC cham­pi­ons af­ter a good run across 23 stages at the Coffs Har­bour event, also win­ning the ARC class in the rally, her first.

Tay­lor was aided by the in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of co­driver Bill Hayes, who took out the co-driver’s ti­tle too.

The Les Walk­den Ral­ly­ing­pre­pared WRX STI proved a trusty tur­bocharged trail­blazer over the dust-dom­i­nated week­end on the NSW north coast.

The ti­tle came af­ter rally leader Mark Ped­der in­curred a one minute time penalty af­ter com­pe­ti­tion con­cluded,


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