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A new road safety strategy

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 37

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Simon Corbell has announced a new road safety strategy in pursuit of his vision zero.

Mr Corbell tabled the ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 and ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2013 in the Legislative Assembly today.

“The strategy outlines the key goals for road safety in the ACT over the next 10 years, including a reduction in ACT road trauma of 30% to meet national road safety strategy objectives,” Mr Corbell said.

“Despite a generally good road safety record, each year an average of 14 people are killed and 565 people are injured on ACT roads.

“This strategy is influenced by the Swedish Government?s „Vision Zero? policy, which ultimately aims for no one being killed or seriously injured within the road transport system,” Mr Corbell said.

Until we all start doing an annual remedial driving lesson (needn’t be an exam, just an hour in the car driving around with an instructor) I can’t see anything seriously getting fixed.

UPDATE: We’ve now got a copy of the strategy for your perusal.

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A new road safety strategy
Jethro 11:43 am 16 Nov 11

Most serious road accidents are caused by morons driving like f***ing maniacs. Until we can we work out a way to stop people driving aggressively, to stop driving at twice the speed limit and to stop getting behind the wheel after consuming 12 beers, we aren’t going to change a thing.

Solidarity 11:39 am 16 Nov 11

harvyk1 said :

The second thing is a younger person is more likely to drive an older car with no so good brakes \ steering \ or suspension. I don’t know how well you finances where at even 20, but mine where not so good and thus affording a good quality car with all the current safety features which my current car has was right out of the question..

That’s another issue, people relying on the car to save them.

Take every car, and replce the airbag with a giant spike.

I bet that’ll make people drive more carefully.

harvyk1 11:29 am 16 Nov 11

Martlark said :

Well that report (good on google docs) was full of plenty of motherhood waffle and zero specific initiatives.

One suggestion that would be cost free:

Increasing the P plate driving age to 20 would reduce causalities by about 100 per year.

and removing all drivers off the roads would reduce causalities by 100 percent.
There are two reasons why the road toll is higher amoungst young people, the first is their inexperience, that will not change, a person who has only being driving for 6 months is inexperienced no matter if that person is 18 or 45.

The second thing is a younger person is more likely to drive an older car with no so good brakes \ steering \ or suspension. I don’t know how well you finances where at even 20, but mine where not so good and thus affording a good quality car with all the current safety features which my current car has was right out of the question.

There needs to be some common sense employed into the debate. What I would love to see is the current emphasis towards fining drivers who do 84km/h in an 80km/h zone reduced, and the emphasis moved towards finding drivers who do overtakes around blind corners whilst doing 130km/h (when it’s a 90km/h zone).

The other thing I’d like to see is getting rid of the points system and start instant license suspension for a period of time (eg change the wording of points to weeks in the laws, thus a 1 point fine becomes a 1 week suspension). The argument of “that’s not fair, how do I get to \ from work” etc should not come into it as it’s also really hard to get to \ from work directly after you’ve wrapped your car around a tree.

The question could then be asked what if someone is caught driving during their suspension, and the answer would be removal of the car until the suspension ends.

Solidarity 11:14 am 16 Nov 11

Martlark said :

The #1 factor in road accidents is attitude. Not much skill is required to drive safely.

Ahem.

Not much skill to drive safely?

That my friends is the EXACT problem with attitude on the roads.

Driving isn’t seen as a skill anymore.

Many people have no interest in driving, and when you have no interest in something, you’re usually s*** at it.

I reckon the best thing in regards to skills would be:

1) Everyone before getting thier car L’s must pass thier motorbike L’s
2) No automatic cars for P Platers
3) Retesting every 5 years when your license is renewed

Martlark 11:03 am 16 Nov 11

Well that report (good on google docs) was full of plenty of motherhood waffle and zero specific initiatives.

One suggestion that would be cost free:

Increasing the P plate driving age to 20 would reduce causalities by about 100 per year.

ActuAli 10:56 am 16 Nov 11

I am dumbfounded as to why they don’t implement a ‘power-to-weight’ ratio for learner/P-plate drivers like they do on motorbikes.

harvyk1 10:47 am 16 Nov 11

Martlark said :

My dear departed father undertook a study to determine if advanced driver training could reduce the accident rates by drivers in his government department. After reviewing most of the research he found that it actually increased accident rates. The reason was the increase in confidence and subsequent increase in risk taking and margin shaving was far greater than the increase in skill at avoiding accidents.

I believe.

and again you missed your very first point, “The #1 factor in road accidents is attitude.” There is a proportion of the community who don’t think that even the smallest underpowered s***box is still nearly a ton of metal hurtling along a road at 110km/h.

It’s true, driver training does increase the bravery factor in some people, but chances are those people where already going to push the limits of their car and their own skills regardless of training, and for those people advance driver training simply = day on the skidpan (and considering their personalities they are all too eager to spend a day on the skidpan)…

Thumper 10:33 am 16 Nov 11

Well, there is no doubt about it.

We need plain packaging for cars.

Mr Gillespie 10:25 am 16 Nov 11

Nice to see Mr Idealist Corbell spending our money wisely again. Pity this dream is as futile as chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!

Martlark 10:01 am 16 Nov 11

harvyk1 said :

You don’t really believe that crap do you?…… Which is true, except when something goes wrong, such as a kid runs out onto the road or the wheels lose grip in the wet which can happen just by going over a slight hill.

My dear departed father undertook a study to determine if advanced driver training could reduce the accident rates by drivers in his government department. After reviewing most of the research he found that it actually increased accident rates. The reason was the increase in confidence and subsequent increase in risk taking and margin shaving was far greater than the increase in skill at avoiding accidents.

I believe.

harvyk1 8:00 pm 15 Nov 11

Martlark said :

The #1 factor in road accidents is attitude.

Won’t disagree there…

Martlark said :

Not much skill is required to drive safely. Plenty of studies have shown that extra training don’t do much, and can even increase accident rates.

You don’t really believe that crap do you? Sure some people do advance driver training and then go out and act like idiots on the road, but here is the thing, they where going to act like idiots anyway and goes directly to the first point you made.

One of the big problems on our roads is that real knowledge of car control is non-existant. The level of driver training is limited to “press the right pedal and the car speeds up, press the left pedal and the car slows down, and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go”. Which is true, except when something goes wrong, such as a kid runs out onto the road or the wheels lose grip in the wet which can happen just by going over a slight hill.

davo101 6:01 pm 15 Nov 11

Only way we’re going to achieve it is to reintroduce the The Locomotive Act 1865: a speed limit of 4 mph and a man with a red flag walking 60 yards ahead of each vehicle.

Driver training isn’t the only thing you’d need as the road toll also includes pedestrians and cyclists. Re-education for everyone on looking left-and-right?

Anyway, as the road toll in Canberra so far this year is 6 so long as there aren’t too many wet days we’ll make the 2020 target this year.

Mysteryman 5:05 pm 15 Nov 11

Oh geez… “implement components of the national “safe system” approach, particularly in relation to speed management and infrastructure”.

I really hope that’s not what I think it is.

Martlark 5:01 pm 15 Nov 11

The #1 factor in road accidents is attitude. Not much skill is required to drive safely. Plenty of studies have shown that extra training don’t do much, and can even increase accident rates. That’s shown by L plate drivers having the lowest accident, and the same P plate drivers, a few months later on, having the worst record.

Holden Caulfield 4:47 pm 15 Nov 11

“Until we all start doing an annual remedial driving lesson (needn’t be an exam, just an hour in the car driving around with an instructor) I can’t see anything seriously getting fixed.”

I tend to agree. Pretty amazing you can go from 16/17-80+ without needing to be retested. How many road rules do you reckon have changed in the last 60-odd years!

Not to mention the benefit that could be gained from professional driver training, especially as new and modern driver aids become the norm (ABS, stability control, etc).

Seriously, get out to Fifth Gear Motorsport at Sutton Driver Training, speak to Dereck and do whatever course he recommends.

Personally, I recommend the skid pan. Fun and educational!

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