Woops - Didn't quite stop in time

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 06:54
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 08:12

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 08:12
Ive travelled that road a fair bit with the van lately, the back of ours is more luke a pantec. Ive pulled up at the stop go person hoping people behind me can see them too. A bit further near Roma there is a long section if straight road works thats one way and 60km/hr. Our uhf was on scan and picked up the worker saying "i cant believe that silver ute is overtaking". I have seen what a semi lightly loaded can do to half a dozen cars. Imagine being the person holding the sign.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 09:36

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 09:36
The driver of the ute was probably okay, 'cause he was in there, making a coffee and eating all their Tim Tam's.

Feel sorry for the 'van owners. Hope they were insured?

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 18:50

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 18:50
I would guess that if they aren't and the ute is found to be at fault, then they should be able to make a claim against the ute driver.

I hope that he made the best of the Tim Tams in the fridge then.
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Follow Up By: SDG - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 19:59

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 19:59
Hitting the rear of a vehicle is automatically a neg driving charge, regardless of reason.
At least in NSW
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 20:48

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 20:48
Yep

We ran into a truck exiting a factory and he got off because the cops couldn't find me to attend court.

I don't trust the law or insurance companies.
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:25

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:25
Must have made his eyes pop.
Sure made the pop top pop.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:54

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:54
i'll just hide in here so no one know it me
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 13:20

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 13:20
the least you could do
is take ya foot of the brake pedal
when i'm trying to push start ya !
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 18:51

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 18:51
I like it Maz

That's one hell of a snatch strap you have there mate. I will get it while I am in here.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:37

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:37
He just popped in for a cuppa
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 16:46

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 16:46
I think its just superficial, it should buff out!! Michael


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Reply By: Cruiser .- Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 16:51

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 16:51
from Caravanning news

"A UTE ended up inside a Coromal poptop caravan when it rear-ended the stationary caravan at road works on the Warrego Highway east of Warra, Queensland. No one was hurt."
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:32

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:32
A case of 100% sheer negligence on the part of the ute driver. If that poptop had been a semi, he'd have been decapitated. If it had been a small car, anyone in the back seat would be dead, and he'd be facing a manslaughter charge.
I don't think there's anything funny about the scenario, and I am appalled at how casual an attitude people take to other road users lives when they're behind the wheel.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:44

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 21:44
Settle down Ron, it is easy to be casual when you read that NO-ONE was injured.

Looking at the van you can see why travelling (sleeping on the bed) in a van / trailer is illegal.

Cheers Neil
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 07:37

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 07:37
When you read the article it happened at one of those sets of remote traffic lights with no flagman in attendance and from the reports was not well signposted with accounts of other motorists and truckies having to take evasive action to avoid similar results.

The problem with these lights is that they are often obscurred fron sight for following cars and trucks. we all know that these remote lights can be red for anything from a couple of minutes to 10 minutes depending on the length of the section being controlled.

Perhaps the caravan driver roled up to the stop and knowing it was going to be at least a few minutes put his car in park or neutral, pulled on the handbrake and took his foot OFF the brake, with no brake lights showing it would be difficult for a following car or truck to know that it was at a dead stop on the road especially if the signposting was substandard.

It actually looks as though he wasn't going that fast when he hit the van.



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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 09:23

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 09:23
Not well sign posted?????

I drive that section of road regularly and it is very well sign posted.
What most likely happened is that the driver was not doing the speed limit (80km/h) through the long section of road works nor the reduced 60km/h and the 40km/h leading up to the lights.
I regularly get overtaken in that set of road works, it is a frustrating section of road that "RoadTek" seem to be taking an age to complete. More than 12 months of reconstruction work by them and it is still in worse condition then when they started. They have now closed a section of the Warrego Highway between Dalby and McAlister so they can repir that section (16km) quicker due to not having to deal with traffic, traffic bypassing through and alternate route.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 10:22

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 10:22
Lyn W3 - You can make all the excuses you like for the driver of the ute, but the bottom line is - he was switched-off, not paying due care and attention to road conditions, or speed or both - and people like this, kill other innocent people regularly.

If you had a family member killed in the prime of his life, by a totally negligent driver, as I have, you might be less inclined to offer excuses.

Even if the caravan driver had taken his foot off the brake, someone who does not see a vehicle stopped in front of him, and has not allowed adequate braking distance, is still seriously negligent in his driving skills level.

In 2008, the missus and I were parked legally in the kerbside lane on a major throughfare in the city - in broad daylight, on a bright sunny day, at noon, on dry bitumen - and two clowns in a hot Commodore ran straight up our rear at 70kmh, without even hitting the brakes.

To add insult to major damage, the Commodore driver gave the name of a bloke who was in jail on that day!
The only saving grace of the entire episode was that a Police officer was walking on the footpath alongside us, and witnessed the entire sorry exercise.

I have been hit in the rear 4 times - and in every case the driver gave a false name and address - and every one of them was found to be driving under suspension, in every one of those accidents.
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