Highway hit-and-run too close to home at Christmas
LIESEL Booth is lucky to be alive.
Dented panels, deep gouges and scrapes on the side of her car are the harsh reminder a dramatic hit and run crash on the Warrego Hwy at Walloon could have easily been a fatal.
It was the first time the 24-year-old had been involved in a traffic incident and the reality of what had happened only set in when she stood on the side of the busy highway, watching the four-wheel-drive and trailer that hit her car speeding off into the distance.
It was early on a Saturday morning in September and Ms Booth was on the way to her regular weekend gym class.
She slowed to turn off the highway, as an impatient driver sped past, crashing a trailer into her car.
"I noticed this guy behind me getting frustrated and he was getting really really close," she said.
"Then I could just watch as he sped off. I kept saying 'he's not stopping'. When he me I was in shock."
She said she was aware the high-speed crash could have had a lot worse consequences and it was a timely reminder for divers to be patient on the road over the Christmas period.
"We are all guilty of getting frustrated and stressed out but at the end of the day, everyone is just trying to go about their business, they are not intentionally annoying you," Ms Booth said.
"It can be quite dangerous, it only takes one mistake out frustration because I wasn't going to speed he wanted me to."
Maurice Blackburn Ipswich associate Stephanie Francis said the road toll often increased dramatically during the Christmas period.
"If you're towing a boat, trailer of caravan, which many people would be, make sure you leave enough distance," Ms Francis said.
"I often see the impact a few seconds can have on someone's life so I urge all divers to look out for each other."
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said this year's Christmas Road Safety campaign, launched this month, would involve a highly visible police presence and a series of targeted traffic operations across the state.
- More than 230 people have died on Queensland roads so far this year
- One in five road fatalities involved a speeding driver
- One in four road fatalities involved a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol