- All Drivers on Queensland Roads
On February 28th, 2004, our son 22 month old Jet Rowland was killed when a vehicle being driven in the opposite direction on the Logan Motorway Brisbane Queensland, crossed over the Motorway and collided with our car. Jet’s 7 year old brother Bailey was seriously injured and is now a paraplegic.
The male driver in his early 50’s was a life long epileptic who for 6 months prior to this collision was suffering from unstable epilepsy and was fitting up to 4 times a week, however continued to drive. The subsequent court trial resulted in him being sentenced to 4 years in jail for Dangerous Driving Causing Death and Grevious Bodily Harm for continuing to drive knowing he was not fit to.
As a direct result of this incident, new legislation was introduced that says drivers must now report any medical condition that affected their ability to drive to both their doctors and Queensland Transport. This legislation is unofficially known as Jet’s law.
We would like to further amend relevant legislation to include mandatory reporting by doctors of medical conditions to Queensland Transport.
This would be a safe guard measure that would ensure that Queensland Transport is notified in the case where a driver refuses to acknowledge or take responsibility for their medical condition and continues to drive.
We would like to see this further legislation introduced in an attempt to prevent such a senseless tragedy from happening to another family.
I support the introduction of Jet’s Law and the amended legislation including reporting to Queensland Transport by doctors of medical conditions that affect a person’s ability to drive safely.
The Jet's Law petition to All Drivers on Queensland Roads was written by Jetslaw and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.