A Colac man is puzzled after receiving “hate mail” slandering him for driving at 40 kilometres an hour near two schools.
Cow Lick Bookshop owner Neal Drinnan received an anonymous letter at work that attacked him for driving at a safe speed on Gravesend Street from Elliminyt to Colac.
The stretch of road includes a 40kmh school zone outside Elliminyt Primary School, a separate school crossing near Colac Secondary College, bus stops, and driveways for homes, sporting facilities, industrial sites and Colac Cemetery.
The anonymous letter writer claimed to have been stuck in a row of vehicles behind Mr Drinnan’s work car, at 9.05am on February 2 – which was the first week of school for 2017.
The letter writer claimed the vehicle drove at 40kmh in a 60kmh zone, “causing obstruction to the string of vehicles travelling behind it”.
“There would seem to be only be two reasons for causing such an obstruction – either the driver was physically and or mentally incapable of confidently driving any faster or else it was a deliberate attempt to invoke road rage,” the letter said.
Mr Drinnan said he was simply driving safely in a busy area close to schools, and was shocked to receive an abusive letter.
“Until 9.30am it’s still a school zone. It’s not a road that you’d want people speeding on,” he said.
Mr Drinnan said it shocked him that someone would go to the effort of venting their road rage in a letter.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.