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Warning as truckie captures astounding overtake video

VIDEO footage captured by a Gladstone truck driver shows what not to do on the roads over the busy Christmas period.

John Coutts was driving between Rockhampton and Gladstone on Friday when another truck sped past him at the end of an overtaking lane, nearly running a car and caravan off the road and narrowly missing an oncoming car.

"It's just absolutely ridiculous," Mr Coutts said about holiday road behaviour.

"The company we work for, they more of less lock the gates at this time of year.

"Slow down, take your time and just think about what you're doing.

"The wife's beside herself. I've been a truckie for 30 years and she wants me to give it up.

"So she's getting a good reason for it now."

The close call could have resulted in a number of deaths given the amount of traffic on the road.

Mr Coutts said the driver would have known they were merging. 

"We were averaging about 95km/hr when it all happened," he said.

"I had a look in front of me and there were several cars so I didn't think I'd make it to overtake the caravan. I sat back, I was in no hurry to get home and was taking it safe.

"(Someone on Facebook) more of less accused us of trying to cause the accident because we were travelling too slow, he said we should've pulled over and let the truck go past.

"We had our indicators on long before merging lanes, he would've seen that."

Regional traffic coordinator Cameron Barwick said the Christmas road safety campaign, running until February 4,  was in full swing. 

"We're basically going to be everywhere - mobile cameras, mobile radar, speed cameras, RBT sites and general traffic activity - anywhere at anytime," he said. 

"It's alarming that people are still driving while tired and drink driving. There's the driver reviver sites and I would encourage people to stop and take a rest...

"The extra officer hours are not about trying to get more tickets, we want that down, we don't want more tickets... getting there is the most important thing, not getting in trouble."

South Eastern Police Regional Traffic Coordinator Inspector Karen Shaw said the Christmas season was a busy time on all Queensland roads.

"With more vehicles on the road and people generally travelling longer distances, it is essential that motorists plan their trips carefully, ensuring they have adequate rest breaks and allowing sufficient travel time," Inspector Shaw said. 

"The sad truth is the majority of fatal and injury traffic crashes could be avoided, with the "fatal five" causes of crashes still claiming lives on Queensland roads.

"The message is simple.

"Driving whilst fatigued, speeding, failing to wear a seat belt and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or inattention can kill you, or someone you love.

"Don't risk it - it is simply not worth it."

Topics:  dangerous driving, editors picks, road rage, truck driver




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