District director Wide Bay Burnett Transport and Main Roads Scott Whitaker, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders at the turn the sod-turning ceremony for roadworks at the Glenorchy Straight.
District director Wide Bay Burnett Transport and Main Roads Scott Whitaker, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders at the turn the sod-turning ceremony for roadworks at the Glenorchy Straight. Valerie Horton

EDITORIAL: Upgrade will help reduce road toll

EDITORIAL: One of the first stories I wrote when arriving at the Chronicle was about a fatal crash on the Glenorchy Straight.

Just a few months later, I was back out there again, covering another tragedy, and then again a short time later for yet another fatality.

Even now our reporters are heading out there far too regularly to take more photos of twisted metal.

I've always subscribed to the theory that it's drivers who are dangerous, not roads. If you drive to the conditions, you should be okay.

But to the dozens of drivers injured or killed on it - and to crusader Janette Hetherington - the Glenorchy Straight is a hazard.

It's relatively flat, there are no tricky bends.

It looks like a fairly ordinary bit of road, and therein lies part of the problem.

It's clear that sometimes, road conditions can be deceptive.

Ms Hetherington has been a quiet achiever in her community in the past 18 years, during her largely un-sung battle to get the road fixed.

She should be commended for persevering for so long, and being so persistent in spelling out the dangers to successive governments.

The upgrade won't make it perfectly safe - only improved on-road behaviour and attention can do that - but I hope it at least makes it easier for drivers to do the right thing.



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