Saturday, 17 November 2018

Drivers risking lives by breaking simple rules

Drivers risking lives by breaking simple rules
23 Oct

Queensland Times reported in the 2016/17 financial year, 13 drivers were caught using high beam lights within 200m of an oncoming vehicle, two drivers were fined for using a vehicle light “to dazzle another road user”, and seven were caught driving with an animal in their lap.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said while these infringements might seem trivial, they could have serious safety implications.

“Laws are there for a reason,” Ms Hunter said.

“Having a dog on your lap or unsecured in your vehicle is a serious distraction and could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. It risks not only your life, and the lives of others on the roads, but you could also be putting your pooch in harm’s way.

“The same goes for not dimming your lights when other cars are approaching or driving through stop signs, ignoring these laws is just plain stupid.”

Ms Hunter said it was also shocking a whopping 1184 fines were handed out to drivers who had not stopped at stop signs.

“This is a basic road rule and there’s no excuse for not stopping at a stop sign – the reality is, failing to do so could seriously injure, or even kill, you or another road user,” she said.

“Every driver has a responsibility to obey the law when behind the wheel, and if you can’t do that, then you probably don’t deserve to be on the road.”



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