A horse float rolled on the Bruce Highway trapping four race horses en-route to Corbould Park for the Montrose Charity Raceday. Traffic congestion on the Bruce Highway near Roys Road. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
A horse float rolled on the Bruce Highway trapping four race horses en-route to Corbould Park for the Montrose Charity Raceday. Traffic congestion on the Bruce Highway near Roys Road. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Christmas courtesy on roads a must

IF THERE was ever a time we needed a better major highway, I'm struggling to think of it.

The Christmas period is a nightmare for travel.

Thousands of families, usually distracted or impatient, are all trying to get to where they've got to go the fastest.

Be it Christmas Day celebrations or to set up their campsite first on Boxing Day, everyone seems to be in a rush.

For what reason, I'll never know.

Sure, no one wants to set up a tent in the dark ... but here's an idea: leave home in the dark.

Why not head off in the early hours of the morning, rather than speeding or driving erratically to try and make up time while on the road?

Road traumas at this time of year are worse than most.

Not that there is ever a nice accident to go to, but Christmas crashes, particularly fatalities, are bloody awful.

Families can be ripped apart in an instant.

A parent lost, or children killed or maimed.

And the one question you're left with is: "Why?”

Nothing is ever worth putting your loved ones in the path of danger.

Why not delay the family holiday an extra day and avoid the peak traffic?

Or better yet, drive with a little extra care and attention this time of year, rather than extra aggression.

With the Queensland road toll already skyrocketing this festive period, if drivers don't improve, then our roads need to, before more families pay the price.