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Rotten drivers ‘on report’ with 6000 pairs of eyes on roads

Koongal resident Bobby-Lee McQuire gets ready to take off in a 20-year-old station wagon she's using. She spoke to The Morning Bulletin about Rockhampton's biggest traffic problem. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Koongal resident Bobby-Lee McQuire gets ready to take off in a 20-year-old station wagon she's using. She spoke to The Morning Bulletin about Rockhampton's biggest traffic problem. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

KOONGAL woman Bobby-Lee McQuire is the sort of traffic-Nazi Rockhampton needs.

She has more than 6000 "eyes" in Rockhampton and Central Queensland scouting and reporting the most rotten drivers on our roads.

She's a member of the Rockhampton and Central Queensland Bad Parkers and Drivers Facebook page.

Ms McQuire has seen some of the most harrowing near-misses around the city, in real-life and on camera, including one where a sedan almost clipped a car that was travelling beside it on the new Yeppen Bridge.

She told The Morning Bulletin on Wednesday she believed Rockhampton drivers' biggest downfall was keeping to the speed limit.

The former Rockhampton Radio 4US presenter responded to an RACQ report released yesterday showing tailgating was the most frustrating driver behaviour in Queensland.

Locally, Ms McQuire believed scores of drivers were particularly dangerous near Rockhampton school zones during peak times.

What driving behaviour is the worst in Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast?

This poll ended on 29 August 2014.

Tailgating - 18%

Driving too slowly - 17%

Not indicating - 15%

People who throw litter out vehicle windows - 2%

Motorists talking/sending SMS on hand-held mobiles - 12%

Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them - 13%

Motorists who display aggressive behaviour e.g. blowing horn, verbal abuse or hand signals - 1%

Motorists turning from the wrong lane e.g. At multi-lane roundabouts - 5%

Motorists ignoring restricted speed limits e.g. At school zones or road works - 3%

Motorists parking incorrectly e.g. Double-parking or using disability car parks - 1%

Motorists who aren't courteous e.g. allowing room to merge/change lanes - 8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Many of these idiots drive too fast, and there are children nearby ... these are the sorts of people we need off our roads," she said.

"Some of them are travelling more than 70kmh in a 40kmh zone.

"One way to mitigate these problems is to have more police out on the roads."

She also believed slow traffic light changes were a nuisance to Rockhampton drivers.

At the ungodly hour of 11.30pm one time, she waited several minutes at the Elphinstone-Dean St intersection for the light to go green, despite there being no cars in sight.

Ms McQuire says she currently uses her mother's car - a "motorised heirloom" that has been in her family for more than 20 years.

Other annoying behaviours highlighted in the survey included littering, texting and talking on hand-held mobile phones, and ignoring speed limits.

RACQ road safety advisor Joel Tucker called for more courtesy to be shown on Queensland roads.

Topics:  driving, facebook, rockhampton traffic




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