Police urge drivers to take care, Coolum


Following consecutive traffic accidents along the Sunshine Motorway at Coolum, police are urging motorists to drive to the conditions.

Officer in Charge of Coolum Police Senior Sergeant Hardy Wirth said drivers need to take the weather conditions into account when driving.

“The Motorway poses a range of issues for motorists. The Motorway is single lanes, has a 100km/h speed limit and can be challenging in wet conditions,” Senior Sergeant Wirth said.

“We urge motorists to drive to the conditions, particularly when the road is wet.

“The signed speed limit is the maximum safe speed in ideal driving conditions, so you may need to drive slower in wet weather.

“You should also double the distance between you and the car in front. Normal conditions recommend a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front. This needs to be doubled to four seconds in wet weather.”

“We also see some ridiculous behaviour during these traffic incidents.

“Motorists have been seen doing illegal U turns, ‘rubbernecking’ at the accident, using their phones whilst driving and generally not paying attention.

“This can cause further accidents, all to save a short time delay.

“We urge everyone to take care and have patience when accidents occur. Police and Emergency services need to get to the scene and ensure the safety of all involved.”

Motorists can head to the Transport and Main Roads website for further safety tips about driving.

We urge you to have a look, especially if you have any inexperienced drivers in your family.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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