Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors07012017 Contents Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 7, 2017
I’M going to sound like a stuck record yet again
on the subject of safe holiday driving. But
so is everyone else when talking about road
deaths and speed limits, so why should I be
These depressing thoughts struck me yet
again as the Christmas / New Year period
began and my local Queensland police
force proudly unveiled new speed cameras,
promoting them as the way to reduce the road
A toll that’s risen in many places Australian-
wide despite the introduction of dozens of
extra so-called safety cameras.
As usual the holiday period began with
politicians who have little or no knowledge
of driving spouting off about road safety
and quoting misleading numbers about the
percentage of crashes caused by exceeding
TV news programs kept up a running score
on the tens of thousands of people booked
for exceeding speed limits, and another
gruesome list on the number of road deaths.
It never seemed to cross their minds that the
concentration on the former wasn’t affecting
From time to time the police will come up
with information on a lunatic driver caught
doing something like 120 km/h in a 60 km/h
zone. The inference being that we would
all drive at such ridiculous speeds but for
the vigilance of the police. Which is arrant
nonsense – only a tiny minority of drivers are
idiots and these clowns will continue to do the
wrong thing no matter how many speed fines
they ignore and how often they keep on driving
without a licence.
This enormous concentration on speed
enforcement isn’t working. I’ve said it many
times before, but will continue to do so; the
vast majority of drivers will travel at the correct
speed for the circumstances and shouldn’t
be fined, perhaps even lose their licences, for
technical breaches of limits.
Those who do drive at an excessive speed
for the conditions should be dealt with very
harshly, preferably in some way that will keep
them off our roads until they finally wake up to
their own stupidity. Any suggestions on how
best to do this? No, neither have I...
It really is time the authorities weaned
themselves off from the enormous revenues
being generated from minor speeding fines
and started to get serious about campaigns
addressing the real causes of road crashes.
They could start with the number one killer
inattention due to misuse of mobile phones.
A series of ads stressing the importance of
paying attention while driving wouldn’t be hard
to put together and could have immediate
Which brings up my endless mantra on
safe driving – always have two hands on the
steering wheel, two eyes on the road and all of
your attention on driving.
Driving is an extraordinarily complex
task that requires constant monitoring of a
multitude of factors and taking the correct
actions moment by moment.
Want to comment on this? You can reach
me at firstname.lastname@example.org/ but may I
request that the “law-is-the-law-and-must-be-
obeyed” brigade don’t bother wasting my time?
Anyone who feels blind obedience to the road
rules is guaranteed to keep them out of trouble
is living in fantasy land.
Dangerous over emphasis on speed
Watching the road is far more important than
glueing your attention to the speedometer.
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