Push to get tough on tailgaters
Posted January 10, 2010 14:00:00
Updated January 10, 2010 14:52:00
Margaret Quirk with an anti-tailgating sticker.
The State Opposition says the small number of drivers being fined for tailgating is laughable.
The Opposition's Road Safety spokeswoman Margaret Quirk wants police to target tailgaters and wants the government to increase penalties for the offence.
Ms Quirk says that in 2009, only 41 drivers were charged with tailgating and another 619 issued with an infringement.
She has launched the "Any Closer and You'd be a Relative" campaign and is circulating a petition on the issue to her Labor colleagues in parliament.
"Tailgating is often used by aggressive drivers to try to force drivers who are driving at or near the speed limit to speed up and break the law," she said.
"If we are serious about speed enforcement, then we need to crack down on tailgaters."
Ms Quirk says bigger fines for tailgating would help reduce the number of rear end crashes on WA roads.
She also wants the government to look as the feasibility of using cameras which measure the distance between vehicles.