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New road rule targets tailgaters in a bid to stop rear-end crashes

Michael McLaren

In a bid to slash rear-end crashes, new road markings will be placed on one of the states busiest motorways.

The white, arrow-like chevrons will appear on a 13km section of the M1 Pacific Motorway between George Booth Drive the Palmers Road interchange at Ryhope.

They’d be accompanied by signs which would tell motorists to keep two chevrons between them and the car in front to allow a safe response time of three seconds.

Motorists who don’t comply would cop a $448 fine and three demerit points.

“The thing that dirts me the most on the road is when… you see someone on the mobile phone,” says Michael McLaren.

“But the second most annoying thing, I reckon, would have to be tailgating.”

And it’s incredibly dangerous.

Last year, 15 people were killed with hundreds more injured in 4000 tailgating-related incidents.

Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon says something has to be done.

“It’s shocking, isn’t it?

“25 per cent of all the crashes that kill people are rear-end crashes,” he tells Michael.

“This is a basic thing we get taught when we get our license, this three-second rule.”

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Truckie Jim travels between Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Brisbane daily.

He called in to say there are chevrons on the road, but people don’t pay attention to them.

“They’re just about worn away, that’s how long they’ve been on the road.”

He tells Michael the biggest issue is people overtaking and drivers not leaving trucks enough room to break and accelerate.

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Michael McLaren