ROAD AWARE: Chief Inspector Darren Somerville shares a few road safety tips with Gladys Pitt, 74, who has been driving since 1959.
ROAD AWARE: Chief Inspector Darren Somerville shares a few road safety tips with Gladys Pitt, 74, who has been driving since 1959. Paul Braven

Road safety tip for Gladstone drivers - slow down

GLADSTONE driver Gladys Pitt first got behind the wheel of a car in 1959 and relishes the independence that mobility brings when you live in a regional area.

With such freedom comes responsibilities and like Queensland Police, Mrs Pitt well knows the shortfalls of other drivers.

She was among the first people to make some safety tips as part of Road Safety Week, featuring a combined Police and Queensland Transport and Main Roads display at Gladstone Library.

The campaign wants to bring attention to making safer roads through better driver behaviours and getting drivers to share stories and talk about issues with work colleagues, family and friends.

Chief Inspector Darren Somerville wants people to join the drive to save lives.

Each day of the campaign will focus on different road safety behaviours from distractions such as mobile phones, fatigue which is very relevant to Central Queensland with its long distances, sharing the road, drink and drug driving.

Having experienced at first hand the big increase in traffic on the Gladstone roads, Mrs Pitt said drivers often seemed to be in too big a hurry and not be safety courteous.

She described the Kin Kora roundabout as being one of the worst sections of road made worse from the increase in traffic.

Mrs Pitt said some drivers, often in work utes and four-wheel drives, were also more aggressive in their driving attitudes.

Her biggest annoyance or frustration was the speed many drivers did entering roundabouts.

For Tasha Buchholz it was a personal plea for drivers to slow down and abide by the 50km/h speed limits in residential streets.

"Too many pets are being killed because people are speeding," she said.

"My cat was hit in Park St. She was okay but had intestinal bleeding which cost us $500 at the vet. There are also lots of kids in the street."



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