Anne Nioa in her first interview after her terrible car crash. Pictured with her mother Glenys Robinson and son Jackson.
Anne Nioa in her first interview after her terrible car crash. Pictured with her mother Glenys Robinson and son Jackson. Toni McRae

Driving campaign personal for Anne

EVERY minute of Anne Nioa’s life is precious.

The Fraser Coast councillor was fortunate to survive a head-on collision at Dundathu five months ago and she has had a long, difficult recovery – but she doesn’t complain.

She knows the consequences of the crash could have been so much worse.

Ms Nioa, who is taking the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive pledge, yesterday urged drivers to slow down and think about what they are doing every time they get behind the wheel.

“If you do drive over the speed limit, maybe this campaign could bring you back in check,” Ms Nioa said.

“Think about the message the campaign is sending, think about what you are doing.”

Ms Nioa’s comments came after hearing about a blog post on the website of fellow councillor Sue Brooks.

In the blog Ms Brooks said she hadn’t signed up to the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign because she sometimes speeds.

Ms Nioa said she was still recovering from the accident that took the life of Hervey Bay butcher Craig Wann.

“I’m still in a considerable amount of pain,” Ms Nioa said.

“I don’t go too far without Panadol.”

Ms Nioa is gradually increasing her mobility with the help of short walks and pilates, but it has been a long, hard road.

One thing that has been a comfort is the number of people who tell her they now drive more safely.

“People have told me that every time they drive by Dundathu where the accident happened they think of it and slow down,” Ms Nioa said.

Ms Nioa said that having a cynical attitude toward speed limits was not the right approach and urged people to drive to the posted limits.

“If that is the posted speed limit, it’s obviously for a reason.”



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