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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?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra drivers – how can we save lives?
clp 12:44 pm 22 Jun 10

I think given the number of cars on the roads and the number of Kms travelled each years our road toll is acceptable. I think over the years safety campaigns – particularly compulsory seat belts and RBTs have significantly improved things (as well as car safety features).

Now if we could please divert as much attention to things like our suicide rate.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:40 pm 22 Jun 10

Aww, did oo get a widdle tickety wickety, sqwashee? Was it coz oo were dwiving too fast in an 80 zone? Are oo feewing a widdle bit picked on? Does oo fink creating a massive army of police cars at enormous public expense to do nothing but pull over tailgaters is the appropriate response to your utter inability to control your vehicle in a lawful manner?

Suck it up, snowflake.

ConanOfCooma 12:27 pm 22 Jun 10

54-11 said :

I’m convinced that there is only one way to stop the carnage – remove all seatbelts, airbags and other protections from vehicles.

Then when dickheads do stupid things, it will hurt a wole lot more.

One of the problems we have created is complacency in drivers. Remember the Volvo drivers? They were so cacooned and felt so safe that they could just barrel along as if there was noone else in the world.

Well, we’re all like that now (except for those of us who ride motorbikes – we have so little protection we have to ride defensively). Why do people talk on mobiles? Other than the fact they’re dicks, they know that if things go wrong, they’ll still be OK.

Well, just remove the protection and let the pain run free.

Suffer the little children?

Erg0 12:09 pm 22 Jun 10

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.

54-11 10:55 am 22 Jun 10

I’m convinced that there is only one way to stop the carnage – remove all seatbelts, airbags and other protections from vehicles.

Then when dickheads do stupid things, it will hurt a wole lot more.

One of the problems we have created is complacency in drivers. Remember the Volvo drivers? They were so cacooned and felt so safe that they could just barrel along as if there was noone else in the world.

Well, we’re all like that now (except for those of us who ride motorbikes – we have so little protection we have to ride defensively). Why do people talk on mobiles? Other than the fact they’re dicks, they know that if things go wrong, they’ll still be OK.

Well, just remove the protection and let the pain run free.

Genie 10:46 am 22 Jun 10

I dont think police need to target speeding and drunk drivers more.. I just think they need to make the penalties harsher.

The funniest and wrongest thing I’ve seen is watching all the people in court losing their licence over drink driving, then walking out to the carpark getting in their cars and driving straight past the cop shop. I personally think their cars should be impounded and/or the driver jailed for short amount of times depending on the severity of the offence.

Income test speeding fines. Someone who earns well over 100k per annum isn’t going to care about a $70 fine. Or say if someone already has received a number of fines, it increases say 10% with every one received.

I think tougher laws over more police needs to be enforced.

georgesgenitals 10:11 am 22 Jun 10

fgzk said :

“People out drinking in Canberra also know that it is much easier and quicker to simply drive home over the limit “

Then I guess they will eventual know that its much easier and much qiucker to smash their car. Pissheads are so stupid.

Whilst I agree with you comment, the problem is that plenty of people who drink and speed don’t have accidents. Of course, the risk of accident is much higher (unacceptably higher, I would say), but like the recent thread on illegal drug taking, telling people who behave in a certain way that their death is imminent when they’ve behaved that way consistently with no problems does not a good solution make.

I don’t think there’s a simple answer to this.

ConanOfCooma 10:07 am 22 Jun 10

The cops already target speeders and drink drivers. Just not effectively.

I’ve posted before that speeding alone doesn’t kill, it’s the bad drivers. That said, there is no definitve road side test for a bad driver. Unless the cops are in the traffic and can witness a bad driver, they can’t, and won’t do anything about it.

Out of all the States and cities I have driven in, Queensland, by far, has the MOST bad drivers. Canberra, I would have to say, has the WORST drivers. Mexicans don’t count, as their plastic rectangles are exactly that: Plastic rectangles. Sydney is actually getting better, even though the drivers are still all arseholes.

georgesgenitals 9:55 am 22 Jun 10

I think the first thing to do is to look at the actual circumstances of accidents involving deaths and serious injuries. One of the most obvious cases is people who are obviously breaking the rules (eg the recent Fyshwick crash).

As for the more general accidents that occur, I think the usual comments apply.

lobster 9:45 am 22 Jun 10

I agree with most of what you said here.

However, this thread will turn to crap by people claiming that anyone who goes over 100kmh kills orphans and mutilates kittens.

UrbanAdventure.org 9:45 am 22 Jun 10

I would like to see police target both speeding drivers and drink drivers. Like many, I’d like to be pretty sure that when I get on the road, that I’ve got a good chance of getting to my destination alive. I also feel a lot for the many people left behind after accidents like Mully’s muder spree on the roads some months ago.
Yet in the ten plus years that I have been living in the area, I’ve only ever been proactively pulled over once for a random breath test, and been directed into just 2 roadside breath tests plus driven past another 2. I could count the number of mobile speed checks I’ve driven past without having to resort to using more than the fingers on two hands.
I’d need a lot more hands to count the number of tail gaters, people using their mobile phones (lots of tradies doing that). I’ve regularly been overtaken by cars doing considerably above the 80 km speed limit over Hindmarsh Drive hill. Same for the Monero between Fyshwick and ADFA. Going through the road works on Kings Ave I always get overtaken in the 40 K zone, be it day or night. Lots of taxis doing that. Never had one beep at me but they sit so close that if I were to have an engine failure it would all be over for them.
To quote a friend from the USA, “No cop, no stop”. I know the police have a lot to do, and it seems there are never enough, and not enough funding. But tell that to those left behind to pick up the pieces after a car accident, even a non fatal one.

fgzk 9:41 am 22 Jun 10

“People out drinking in Canberra also know that it is much easier and quicker to simply drive home over the limit “

Then I guess they will eventual know that its much easier and much qiucker to smash their car. Pissheads are so stupid.

Feathergirl 9:39 am 22 Jun 10

Someone named ‘Squashee’ talking about road deaths and how road deaths could be reduced by increasing speed limits. Is this some sort of wind up?

Thumper 9:38 am 22 Jun 10

we need more speed cameras, possibly one on every main road plus one outside every school.

yep, that’s the answer. no doubt…

Rawhide Kid No 2 9:37 am 22 Jun 10

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

Should be, When will people be responsible for their own actions?

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