Christmas is no time for a break on road safety
CHRISTMAS time fills me with dread.
Sure, I look forward to a week-long feast on delicious all-Aussie leg ham and a fridge packed with leftovers.
I'm happy to lap up the gifts and give gifts in return.
But as I ready to brave the crowds on my first, and hopefully only, Chirstmas shopping expedition, the nerves are welling up.
But it's not the people I fear, nor my pending empty bank account. It's the roads.
I often use this platform to rant about road safety, but at this time of year I don't think you can overplay the message.
Today's Daily pages are riddled with consequences of drivers doing the wrong thing.
Splashed on page 2 is perhaps the most sad-yet-adorable koala photo since a fireman hand-fed Sam water after the 2009 bushfires.
In a fluro-pink cast stencilled with reindeer and a Christmas tree is Rebecca, who is recovering from a broken elbow at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after she was hit by a car. Her rescuer's message is clear: "Slow down on the roads".
Underneath, a man is accused of stealing a 70-year-old's vehicle and going on a two-week crime spree. He was a learner driver and high on drugs when he is alleged to have committed dozens of offences.
On Tuesday, a mother was sentenced in Caloundra Magistrates Court for driving nearly four-times the limit with her two young children and another woman in the car. Someone commented on the article: "Give her a break, it's Christmas".
I don't know whether this was said tongue-in-cheek, but the festive season is no time to take a break on road safety.
Look out for wildlife, look out for each other and have a merry Christmas.