Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drivers Not Up to Speed; Safety Advocate Wary of Change

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drivers Not Up to Speed; Safety Advocate Wary of Change

Article excerpt

Byline: Grant Edwards

DISTRACTIONS

Four levels of driver distraction:

Physical: Taking hands off the wheel

Visual: Looking away from the road

Auditory: Concentrating on sound other than the road environment

Cognitive: Driving while not thinking about it

RAISING the speed limit on some Queensland roads could have catastrophic consequences.

Leading road safety advocate Russell White is not against higher speeds on our roads, but has concerns with engineering issues, traffic volumes, aging vehicles using our roads and driver skill.

The State Government is reviewing 100 roads as part of the "road safety action plan", after receiving more than 3000 public submissions on how motorists viewed speed limits. Of the 3375 submissions, 52% said speed limits were too low, while 32% said they were too high.

"The moment you start raising the speed limit everything is happening faster," Mr White said.

"We have to be really careful we don't just say it sounds good on paper without really thinking about the repercussions. …

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