Saturday, 13 October 2012

Please! No more!

We live in a small town.  There are about 360 residents.  We have one general store, a railway station and a pub.  Most of the residents here are families.

Our town is located on the busiest country highway in the nation.  A lot of the traffic on this highway is miners driving to and from work.  And a lot of those are in a hurry to get there.

In the past month we've had 3 car accidents in our little town.


All of them involved alcohol, speed or both.

And the people who live in the houses on the highway are scared!

Is it safe to walk my kids the few hundred metres to school?

Will I be safe in my lounge room at night or will a car come crashing in through the window because the driver is drunk or asleep and forgot to slow down and go around the corner as they came into town?

Can I safely work in my paddock or will some lunatic speed up the end of the car in front of him and come crashing over the train line and into my field?

When I go to work at the station, will I make it all the way without being hit? Or having to go and try to help a young man who's been drinking and speeding and didn't put on his seatbelt and is now bleeding all over the road out the front of the primary school?

When is enough, enough?

How on earth can we get through to people that the choices they make when they get into their cars not only affect them, but potentially their family, their friends, their community and complete strangers???

Please!  Don't drink and drive!  Don't let anyone you're with drink and drive!

Please!  Keep to the speed limit!

Please!  Rest if you're tired!

Please!  No more!

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