ROUGH ROADS: Felicity recounts a moment from her weekend trip to Monto.
ROUGH ROADS: Felicity recounts a moment from her weekend trip to Monto. Marguerite Cuddihy

A first-hand hairy experience

I HAD my concentration face on as I kept my focus on the white lines and oncoming traffic while occasionally glancing at the roadside for Warren McLachlan's house number on Saturday.

With an uneven wet road beneath my wheels and the house number competing for my attention, I felt much safer travelling 30km/h under the 100km/h speed limit.

As I came around a bend I saw Warren waiting by his driveway, his arm outstretched to flag down the Central and North Burnett Times car.

But even at my reduced speed I was still travelling too fast to safely stop and make a turn into his driveway.

I overshot my destination and made a U-turn about a kilometre down the road.

If it had have been a heavy truck driver turning that bend rather than myself, and a car pulling out of Warren's driveway, the result would have been disastrous.

And that's the very reason Warren and his wife Sylvia had invited me out to a section of the Monto Gladstone Rd for a chat.

Blind corners and uneven bitumen have them bracing for the day they witness a terrible accident on the 3km stretch of road on which they live.

Read more on why the former Monto mayor is lobbying to have the speed limit reduced on this stretch here.

Dangerous roads, near misses and tragic accidents are common narratives in the North Burnett, I know because I frequently write them.

It's the most recurring concern I hear from residents, and read in Letters to the Editor.


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