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May 8, 2021

Slow down – wildlife

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Having moved to Wilsons Creek for the beautiful and rich wildlife, it is with dismay that I continue to see splattered wildlife on the roads almost daily.

As a slow driver, I am regularly harassed by fast local drivers who need to drive at maximum speed with scant regard for safety of others or wildlife.

There seems to be a contradiction between the desire of some ‘nature lovers’, ‘alternative’ or ‘conscious’ folk who (apparently) live here for the nature, but when behind the wheel become crazed speed freaks, with collisions becoming collateral damage for their hurried lifestyle choice.

It’s so simple to slow down on country roads and give the wildlife a chance. You still get there at about the same time and so does the wildlife!

With the recent announcement that up to 80 per cent of remaining NSW koalas may have been wiped out by the fires, surely this is the time to protect what is left?

Imagine killing one of the last koalas to save just one minute on your journey time! I have written a closing rhyme to speeding drivers:

Love living in nature?
Then please slow down.
Don’t give a Toss?
Then move back to town!

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  1. I agree. The drivers in this area need a reality check.

    So many times I’m actually driving the speed limit and I have someone close behind me urging me to go faster. This is so dangerous. I remember when learning to drive many years ago the advice was to keep 1 car length for each 10 mph to allow for a safe stop if need be.

    I need to get a bumper sticker that says “the closer you get – the slower I go”.

  2. How about if someone is behind you wanting to go faster, just let them overtake and you won’t be hassled. You wouldn’t block someone on a path while walking, would you? It only takes a second to let someone past and it is the considerate thing to do.

    I know, for instance, that I am frustrated by super slow drivers, especially when trying to get to work on time and they are making me late.

    I’ve been driving here for 12 years and only ever hit a bird while doing 60kmh.

    Don’t want to feel hassled then move over and let us pass.

  3. If you don’t want to feel frustrated and late because of what you call “super slow” drivers leave home earlier – the issue is your time management – .
    Following are the relevant parts of road rule 125 on Unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians:
    ” (1) A driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or a pedestrian.
    (2) For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or a pedestrian only because … (b) the driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles (unless the driver is driving abnormally slowly in the circumstances).
    Example of a driver driving abnormally slowly.
    A driver driving at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour on a length of road to which a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour applies when there is no reason for the driver to drive at that speed on the length of road.”
    Moving off the carriageway is a difficult maneuver for less experienced drivers and. particularly in QLD where it used to be more common while passing – has resulted in many head on and other accidents. Drivers traveling under the speed limit should be aware of any car behind, maintain a steady speed and not accelerate if a car indicates with the right indicator that it wishes to pass them. This has been the normal practice for the fifty years I have been driving on Australian country roads.


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