I can't make pledge: Brooks

A LEADING Fraser Coast councillor has gone online to say she can’t sign up to the Chronicle’s safe driving initiative because she sometimes speeds.

The campaign, “Drive 2 Stay Alive”, was launched just a week ago in the wake of a series of fatal road accidents.

It simply states that all motorists should pledge to drive safely.

In a startling response to the campaign Councillor Sue Brooks wrote a blog on her official website that said: “I can’t sign the Fraser Coast Chronicle Road Safety Pledge as I would be lying.”

One of the 10 pledges the campaign asks driver’s to commit to is to not speed.

Cr Brooks said while she did not agree with people driving at excessive speeds she did sometimes drive in excess of the posted limit.

“I have been fined in the past for breaking speed limits,” she said.

Councillor Anne Nioa, who was involved in a fatal accident at Dundathu earlier this year, said she was disappointed with her fellow councillor’s blog.

“Every road safety campaign should be backed without any reservations by every councillor,” she said.

However, when questioned about her blog, Cr Brooks said “I knew this would get me into trouble.”

In a backflip, the councillor said she did support the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign and that it was an excellent initiative.

“I don’t want anymore tragic loss of life.”

Maryborough police sergeant Tony McCarthy said while Cr Brooks was entitled to her opinion it was still crucial she obeyed road rules.

“Everyone is entitled to an opinion but when it comes to road safety, follow the rules,” he said.

“The speed limit is not a guideline. You must drive to the speed limit.

“Part of being a good driver is concentration and that means ensuring you are not driving above the posted speed limit.

“Leave those opinions and thoughts outside the car.”

Cr Brooks said in her blog she suspected some speed limits were in place “so the police can revenue raise”.

“What a waste of time for a highly-trained police person to be sitting, pointing a speed gun at us,” she wrote.

Sgt McCarthy denied revenue raising was a motive behind speed limits.

He said qualified engineers who designed the roads determined the speeds at which they should be driven.

“We’re not out to raise any revenue.

“Our purpose is road safety.”

One comment left on the blog questioned Cr Brooks’ stance.

“Sorry to disagree,” the comment read, “but the simple fact is the greater the impact (speed) the greater the damage and injury. Five or 10km/ph can be the difference between life and death.”



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