Moranbah raining cars
PART-TIME firefighter Adrian Plahn knows how to make a road safety statement.
He organised a stunt where two cars fell 40m from the air and landed with a bang on the outskirts of Moranbah as stage two of his original FAPE – Fatigue, Awareness, Promotion and Education - campaign.
FAPE began in October last year when Plahny presented on air for over 60 hours straight on local community radio station 4RFM.
The stunt was to show the extensive damage caused by road crashes.
The first car dropped 40m onto a stationary car, the latter positioned on its side, replicating the damage caused by a car “T-boning” a parked vehicle at 100kmh. The parked car suffered horrific damage with all but the back-seat passenger side caving in.
For the second presentation, a car was dropped from 40m to replicate a car coming off the highway and rolling over at 100 kmh. The car suffered extensive damage. Onlookers were able to see the car’s roof squashed to such an extent it aligned perfectly with the bonnet.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said the stunts provided a very clear message.
“Even by driving at the speed limit, serious damage can be caused on our highways,” he said. “Not only do we need to drive at a reasonable speed, we need to stay alert and take care while we are driving.”