Traffic build up after an accident on the Bruce Highway.
Traffic build up after an accident on the Bruce Highway. Warren Lynam

The path of highway lunacy must end soon

ALMOST daily we hear reports of severe accidents on the Bruce Highway. Maybe the name should be changed to the lunatic highway.

A one-hour drive up the highway recently was all I needed to see why there are so many accidents. Semitrailers tearing past at over 120kmh with no chance of stopping in an emergency.

Utes cutting in at high speed, four-wheel vehicles ignoring the speed limit and tailgating slower drivers, small vehicles whizzing about with a death wish and others overtaking only to gain a few metres.

Then couple this activity with a badly designed road or in some areas poor surface sections that made the car rumble as if one had a flat tyre.

It appears sanity is absent once on the Bruce Highway. There is no place for distractions like mobile phones, alcohol or passengers that distract the driver. It appears speed is the main killer with driver error next followed by road conditions.

Perhaps, a separate lane for heavy vehicles will help and overtaking on the right hand side only coupled with increased speed cameras is the answer.

Whatever, we have had enough time to fix the problem and yet, here we are, burying our dead and marking the spot with crucifixes and flowers.

We cannot continue along this path of lunacy much longer.

KEITH WHITESIDE

Sippy Downs



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