Silly season no excuse for silly driving

YOU can tell the silly season has hit when one man is charged three times in 24 hours for speeding.

There were reports yesterday that an Italian national was booked for driving at 177km/h in a 100km/h zone, and then 20 minutes later he was caught driving at 120km/h in a 100km/h zone.

The next day the same man was booked for driving at 136km/h in a 100km/h zone.

If it was not so frightening, it would be funny.

But today is a day above all others that safe driving should be taken extremely seriously. Twenty years ago, 35 people perished in Australia’s worst road accident when two buses packed with Christmas revellers collided on the Pacific Highway just north of Kempsey.

It was an appalling tragedy that a survivor in today’s Northern Star has described like ‘a scene from hell’.

The accident occurred due to driver

fatigue and happened only months after the awful crash at Cowper, which involved a bus and a truck which claimed 21 lives.

The state of the Pacific Highway has rightly come under scrutiny and State and Federal governments have promised its completion as a dual carriageway from Sydney to Brisbane by 2016.

But no amount of government spending will make up for diligent and safe driving.

It’s time all drivers took the initiative to ensure the lives of those in their vehicle, and in other vehicles, are a priority, not an afterthought. And that is something those living near the Pacific Highway shouldn’t have to wait for until 2016.



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