Safer Australian Roads and Highways
Ms Sarah Frazer of Springwood NSW and Mr Geoffrey Clark of Mittagong NSW were killed on 15 February 2012 because the section of the Hume Freeway on which Ms Frazer’s car overheated did not allow her to remove her vehicle out of the path of high speed traffic.
Despite parking against the safety guardrail, Ms Frazer’s car remained stranded out in a 110 kilometres per hour lane, leaving Ms Frazer, and subsequently, the tow truck owner/driver, Mr Geoff Clark, directly in harm's way. Harm's way would lead to the horrific deaths of two innocent people.
The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the New South Wales Legislative Assembly to:
1. enact legislation requiring that all major Roads, Highways and Freeways have breakdown lanes/road shoulders that meet the AustRoads standard of 2.5 metres. In this way, the life and death risks faced by drivers, their passengers, first call service personnel (ie. NRMA, Tow Truck Drivers etc) and emergency service personnel (ie. Police, Ambulance, Fire, RFS, SES etc) will be mitigated.
2. enact "Slow Down Move Over" legislation (The “Highlander law”) requiring drivers who see flashing hazard lights on a roadside vehicle to i) slow down to half the posted speed limit and ii) move into an adjacent rght-hand lane away from the vehicle/s displaying the flashing hazard lights. This will minimise the risk of injury and death for drivers, passengers, and the first call service and emergency service personnel who are providing assistance and protection to those driver and the passengers.