LAST STRAW: Tammy Sparks with her children Tyler, 3, and Cooper, 2, outside their home on Lindsay Rd, Buderim. Tammy and her husband are very concerned about how fast people drive along Lindsay Rd.
LAST STRAW: Tammy Sparks with her children Tyler, 3, and Cooper, 2, outside their home on Lindsay Rd, Buderim. Tammy and her husband are very concerned about how fast people drive along Lindsay Rd. Brett Wortman

Drivers overestimate their driving abilities in Buderim

IT IS 3am and Tammy Sparks is abruptly woken by the terrifying sound of screeching car brakes followed by a loud bang.

She and her husband Ben frantically rush out the front of their home on Lindsay Rd, Buderim to find an "unrecognisable car" and three men in a terrible state.

"We were reassuring the gentlemen in the car and telling them everything was going to be okay, but we knew...," Mrs Sparks said.

The accident, in the early hours on February 20, involved a 56-year-old male driver from Maryborough who allegedly failed to negotiate a bend in a BMW sedan and hit a tree.

His 49-year-old male passenger, from Kings Beach, died at the scene.

"When you watch a person take their last breath and die in front of you it really affects you," Mrs Sparks said.

"I was looking at this man when they were covering him with the sheet and thought you are potentially someone's dad, son or even their grandad."

Mrs Sparks has lived on Lindsay Rd for seven years and has had enough of people speeding along the 60kmh bendy road like it is a "speedway".

"I would have a party if I saw someone doing 60kmh. They do more like 80kmh or 100kmh," she said.

She is now on her "last straw" after a motorist overtook her on a dangerous bend last week, entering the oncoming lane.

"I was trying to get out of our driveway and I saw this car flying up behind me and I sort of thought they are not going to stop and my life passed before my eyes," she said.

"If a car was coming the other way it could have been a three-car crash.

"It's not even safe for me to get in and out of my driveway."

Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Sandy Atkinson said there had been 20 reported accidents on Lindsay Rd since January 2010, with the first fatality this year.

Sgt Atkinson said police patrolled all roads throughout the community, including Lindsay Rd.

"A small quantity of traffic complaints has been received in regards to drivers in Lindsay Rd. A percentage of these are speed related," she said.

"This week is the Central Region Road Safety Week and police hope to encourage road users to take responsibility for their actions on our local roads."


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