Be serious to avoid road woes says Jean
By JADE BILOWOL
JEAN Cole is no "little old lady who only drives to church on Sunday".
And yet the 84-year-old Currumbin Valley resident's impeccable driving record matches the old adage.
After 66 years of driving Ms Cole has not copped any traffic infringements, nor has she been in any accidents or been the target of road rage.
In other words, she is an impressive role model for the Kirra-Currumbin Rotary Club's campaign to drive down carnage on our roads.
"I'm not the little old lady who only drives to church on Sunday," she sternly said.
"I drive daily and I have driven many a long distance - I regularly drive from Currumbin to South Tweed now."
As part of Rotary's 100 year celebrations and its push to see Accident Free Day recognised every February 23, Ms Cole was awarded a certificate for her driving record.
"I've never really thought about it before but I suppose I've had a really good run," she said.
She said she had never been the target of road rage from young impatient drivers.
"I've never had problems with anyone - I look too serious," Ms Cole chuckled.
"I didn't even worry when the kids had a fight in the back seat ? I'd just drive."
Ms Cole was born and bred in Wagga Wagga before she lived in Brisbane for 35 years and then relocated to the Gold Coast 10 years ago.
"I received my licence on the first day I could - when I turned 18.
"You had to be 18 back then to get your licence," she said.
"The trick is just to adhere to the speed limit and have a little courtesy.
"You also have to keep a reasonable distance behind the car in front of you."
Kirra-Currumbin Rotary Club president Peter Old said there would be less carnage on the roads if everyone followed the example set by Ms Cole.
"Something like 1700 people are killed on average on our roads in Australia every year and 22,000 are injured," Mr Old said.
"For our 100th year we wanted to do something that affected people and we decided to promote this and now the Federal Government wants to reduce the statistics by 40 per cent by 2020."
And for the record, has Ms Cole EVER exceeded the speed limit?
"I've never been caught," she chuckled.