Patience the key

OF ALL the things that pass through Sergeant Paul Byrne's head when he thinks of the countless road accidents he has been called to, one word comes to mind - patience.

The Hervey Bay officer believes most, if not all, crashes whether they are fatal or minor could be avoided if people learnt to be more tolerant.

He wants the community to understand that on the Fraser Coast in particular, motorists are sharing the road with the two most extreme examples of “slow-reaction” driving.

He said the area was a haven for young families and retired people which meant a significant portion of the driving public was either new to the wheel or elderly.

“People just need to be a bit more patient and tolerant,” Sgt Byrne said

“Elderly people might not be as quick to react and younger people learning to drive can make silly errors.”

He also stressed a licence was a “privilege and not a right” and that if people respected that privilege by obeying the road rules, accidents would be rare.

When Sgt Byrne asks drivers at fault at the scenes of accidents why they broke a road rule, common excuses include stress, being late for an event or “fiddling” with a music player.

He said there was never an excuse for breaking the law and that the consequences could be much worse than just being handed a ticket.

“It's simple – obey the road rules and get home safely,” Sgt Byrne said

“It's better to arrive late than to never arrive at all.”

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