What’s the rush? Why the need to speed?

In my six weeks of living on the Eyre Peninsula, I have done a fair bit of driving throughout the district, which means a lot of time spent on the highways.

When driving at 110 kilometres an hour, who expects to see someone trying to overtake?

While driving back to Adelaide for the June long weekend, I saw a man, driving his family, overtake three cars and a truck, all at once, between Port Augusta and Adelaide.

What I do not understand is why did he felt the need to overtake that many vehicles at once?

There was plenty of space in between each of the vehicles and while we were behind a truck, we were not being snails.

There are a number of overtaking lanes between Port Augusta and Adelaide, so why did this man not just wait a little bit?

Where was he going that he had to get to there sooner rather than safer?

What was so important that he had to risk the lives of his passengers just to get there a bit quicker?

I lived 21 years in the city, I know how frustrating it can be getting stuck in traffic but I did not risk my life or the life for my passenger just because I was impatient.

After every long weekend, we sit down to read or watch the news and see the reports on how many people have died in crashes.

It is never a matter of if people have died but a matter of how many have died.

Every year, schools sit their students down and teach them the importance of being safe on our roads but yet it is the adults that are still speeding.

With the high number of trucks on country roads, particularly throughout the Eyre Peninsula, you would think drivers would be more alert and less likely take risks while driving at high speeds.

Add the speed to the number of kangaroos you can see around the area thanks to the dry weather, it is more important now to be careful on the roads.

Even the RAA recently released a warning to drivers to be careful on country roads, with more accidents with animals happening in June than any other month of the year.

I urge every single person who drives on the highways, whether it be to get groceries or go to football or netball games please do not risk your life, by speeding. Regardless of your reasons, there is no reason to risk your own life, or your passengers’, just to get somewhere a bit sooner.

Kathrine Catanzariti

Eyre Peninsula Tribune journalist