Put your phone away, slow down and pay attention on our roads.
Another preventable three-car crash happened in Launceston’s city centre on Friday night, causing a young driver to sustain serious injuries.
Nineteen-year-old Brodie Laing was driving through the intersection at Bathurst and York streets when another car allegedly ran a red light and crashed into him.
He was taken by ambulance to Launceston General Hospital where he was told his cheek bone was fractured.
He had a severe concussion and sustained a lot of bruising.
The provisional licence holder was very confused at the hospital, his mum Kate Rydberg said.
“The police on the scene did say to us that when they got there they thought it would be a dead body in the car,” she said.
“If there was anyone else in the car they would not have survived.”
Police have alleged the ute travelling on Bathurst Street ran a red light, crashing into Laing’s sedan and pushing the car towards a pole on the footpath.
Only a month ago Trevallyn man Adrian Tudor was killed when a 22-year-old man who was allegedly disqualified from driving and travelling at more than 100km/h crashed into his car in Launceston.
Mr Tudor was driving home from a night shift when the red Ford sedan allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Wellington and Frederick streets about 2am on September 7.
Despite this tragic loss, here we are again.
More reckless behaviour on our roads, with drivers not only risking their lives but the lives of all road users including pedestrians and cyclists.
Brodie Laing is “lucky to be alive”, but this crash still has victims who have suffered at the hands of someone else.
The next time you get in your car take a minute to think about your journey, remove any possible distractions and be aware of other road users.
Getting to your destination a little late is undeniably better than not getting there at all.