When is it not okay to overtake?

THE stretch of road on the Mary Valley Hwy at Lagoon Pocket, where tragedy was narrowly averted on Saturday afternoon, is divided by a single continuous white line.

Officer-in-charge of the Gympie Road Policing Unit Sergeant Peter Webster said yesterday overtaking on a single continuous white line was illegal, as was performing a u-turn.

"You can, however, do a right-hand turn into a private property across that single line. But not otherwise," Sgt Webster said.

Drivers are also forbidden from turning across double continuous white lines "unless there is a semi-permanent obstruction" on the road such a landslide, and even then crossing those lines is only permitted if it is safe to do so.

Even when no markings prohibit overtaking, drivers must use caution.

A Parklands man died in a crash tragedy on Old Maryborough Rd on Sunday, April 3.

Initial investigations indicated the driver had been overtaking another vehicle on the narrow road.

While overtaking is legal on the stretch, locals say the road is too narrow for vehicles to overtake safely.

Gympie Times

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