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Canberra drivers – how can we save lives?

By squashee 22 June 2010 83

When will governments act on road safety rather than revenue raising?  So far this year the road toll in the ACT has reached fifteen.  How many of these fatal accidents have occurred on the main roads where the white vans are always sitting?  Why do the authorities always choose the easy target of the drivers going a few kilometres over the limit on the straight safe roads, rather than target the crazy drivers doing stupid things in the city and around school zones.  Whenever driving in Canberra, you hardly ever go a few minutes without being tailgated, cut off or almost hit by inattentive or aggressive drivers.

People out drinking in Canberra also know that it is much easier and quicker to simply drive home over the limit as they know there is almost zero risk of being caught by a Random Breath Test unit. When they take into account the wait for taxis, the cost of taxis and the lack of public transport, driving is the preferred option.

The other issue is the crazy speed limits on Canberra and surrounding districts roads.  There are plenty of 80km/h roads in Canberra which should have at least 100km/h speed limits and in surrounding districts there are plenty which should be over 100km/h.

Last week the former V8 champion and team owner Mark Skaife was in the news being blasted for daring to say that Australia’s roads are good enough to handle speeds of 140km/h.  He was also saying that Australia’s driver training is insufficient and with better road maintenance and safer cars, we can handle doing 140 on the highways.

Finally, motorcycle deaths appear to be abnormally high in the ACT.  Of course there will always be some motorcycle deaths attributed to motorcyclists being at fault through excessive speed or dangerous riding, but other drivers often put safe motorcyclists in danger through not paying attention and being aggressive.

When will someone in power have the guts to do something useful to save lives?

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blowers 10:31 am 22 Mar 11

Erg0 said :

I’ve always felt like the cops don’t have enough of a visible presence on ACT roads to really create a disincentive to drive like an idiot. I guess speed cameras and RBTs provide better bang for buck than just driving around all day hoping to see someone doing an illegal u-turn or talking on a mobile phone, but I’ve definitely got the impression that there’s little to no enforcement of the road rules beyond the white vans and the odd handheld radar. This is probably an incorrect impression, but allowing this perception to exist is a major problem.

Agreed! not enough police around to “Police” our roads and suburbs

Grega 7:36 pm 02 Jul 10

More speed cameras, more on road cycling, more revenue and less commonsense. Seems to be working so far this year!

cleo 11:28 pm 29 Jun 10

Canberra has the best roads in Australia and the worst drivers!


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