MP blasts tailgating drivers on freeway

Politician takes aim at drivers who tailgate and has demanded government intervention to crack down on offenders

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | October 10, 2012

A Victorian state MP has taken aim at drivers who tailgate on the Princes Freeway and has demanded government intervention to crack down on offenders.

Ian Trezise, who represents the seat of Geelong, says he often sees motorists "defy the speed limit and sit on the tails of other drivers" when he travels the freeway.

"The suggestion I make is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services [Peter Ryan] to ensure that as a matter of priority the issue of tailgating is addressed on the Geelong-Melbourne road," he says.

Trezise has levelled blame at motorists and the heavy vehicle sector for tailgating. Truck drivers using the freeway are prevented from travelling in the far right-hand lane.

"I see the frustration of truck drivers who are restricted to the left lane at being caught behind those motorists who will not move to the left," Trezise says.

"These nuisance drivers are no excuse for the fatality flawed practice of tailgating."

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