A Gladstone mother says she is regularly hassled by tailgaters.
A Gladstone mother says she is regularly hassled by tailgaters.

Tailgaters make mum too scared to drive with bub

LAURA Peepall is too scared to drive her car with her 10-month-old, Jack, in the back.

Tailgating, she says, is rife on Gladstone roads and she is regularly hassled by four-wheel-drives driving 100kmh on the Gladstone-Benaraby Rd.

"I put a baby-on-board sign on the car thinking it would help," she said. "But then it got much worse.

"Don't they realise my son would die first if they crashed into us?"

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She drives a Mazda hatchback, and last week she was rear-ended in town.

She didn't want to be photographed out of fear it would make the situation worse.

"At first I thought they tailgated me because they were in a hurry," she said. "Then I realised it was a total intimidation thing."

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Senior Sergeant Tony Poli from the Tannum Sands police station said tailgating significantly increased the chance of serious accidents and fatalities.

"If you are too close to the vehicle you don't have time to stop if the car in front brakes," he said.

"You risk a fine and losing points, but you also risk injuring people in the car in front."

Dealing with tailgaters:

  • Remain calm
  • Stay at the speed limit
  • Increase distance between you and the car in front
  • Pull over when it is safe and let them pass
  • Allow vehicle to pass when there is an overtaking lane
  • Don't be part of the problem

10 driving habits that annoy us the most (according to RACQ):

  1. Tailgating
  2. Throwing rubbish
  3. Mobile-phone users
  4. Speeding up when being overtaken
  5. Not being courteous
  6. Not indicating or indicating late
  7. Aggressive drivers
  8. Turning from the wrong lane
  9. Speeding in restricted zones
  10. Parking badly or illegally


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