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Operation Slowdown

By johnboy 28 September 2012 27

ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the Labour Day and ACT Family and Community Day long weekend holiday periods as part of Operation Slowdown.

An increased policing presence, both in marked and unmarked police vehicles, will target unsafe driving behaviours near borders of the ACT and NSW.

With large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend periods, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.

Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Greg O’Ryan said motorists greatly reduced the risk of serious injury or death through accidents by observing road safety rules.

“The major causes of road accidents are well known. Drink driving, speed, failure to wear seatbelts or fatigue plays a part in every serious accident that occurs,” Acting Superintendent O’Ryan said.

“During holiday periods, when roads are busy, it’s even more important to slow down and stay alert.”

“With the recent addition of 21 new recruits ACT Policing will be targeting major traffic offences over the long weekend periods, conducting breath tests and speeding operations.”

NSW Police will also be targeting motorists over the long weekend holiday periods.

“The long weekend is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in the back of an ambulance or a police vehicle,” Inspector Anthony Hill said.

“When you are out on the road, obey the law, drive carefully and get to your destination safely.

“There will be a highly visible police presence out on NSW roads this weekend. If you do the wrong thing, you can expect to be caught.”

ACT Policing are reminding motorists that double demerits will be enforced over the Labour Day long weekend beginning at midnight on (Friday, September 28) through to midnight (Monday, October 1) inclusive.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Aeek 2:47 pm 02 Oct 12

EvanJames said :

I was out and about quite a bit over the long weekend. I did not see one ACT Policing vehicle. I did see a lot of NSW plod though.

Guess they spent the ACT budget on publicity again.

Pitchka 2:43 pm 02 Oct 12

EvanJames said :

I was out and about quite a bit over the long weekend. I did not see one ACT Policing vehicle. I did see a lot of NSW plod though.

I saw quite a few, perhaps you were too bust texting?

p1 2:40 pm 02 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

The reduction in road deaths is definitely not related to improved driver training, though, of that we can be sure.

I tend to think that licencing/eduction/learning/testing requirements now are much better then they were 15 years ago.

Any one who got their licence before that should have to redo the entire process – log book, courses, red and green “P”s, the works. I agree with the “most people would fail in 10 minutes” part though.

EvanJames 2:01 pm 02 Oct 12

I was out and about quite a bit over the long weekend. I did not see one ACT Policing vehicle. I did see a lot of NSW plod though.

HenryBG 1:12 pm 02 Oct 12

kakosi said :

“road trauma levels have declined substantially over the last four decades, despite considerable population growth and a threefold increase in registered motor vehicles. During this period, the number of road deaths per year has fallen from 3,798 deaths in 1970 to 1,288 in 2011.” http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/

The reduction in road deaths is definitely not related to improved driver training, though, of that we can be sure.

Licences should be issued only to those that have undergone a good number of hours in a testing simulator. Most people on the roads today would fail within 10 minutes.

Ultimately, whether it’s road conditions, weather or the vehicle, every accident is caused by a driver lacking the skills required to control their vehicle properly.

kakosi 11:19 pm 28 Sep 12

Antagonist said :

“The major causes of road accidents are well known. Drink driving, speed, failure to wear seatbelts or fatigue plays a part in every serious accident that occurs,” Acting Superintendent O’Ryan said.

The first sentence in the quote is not related to the second sentence. Failure to wear a seatbelt will not cause an accident. Perhaps the first sentence should have read “The major causes of *injury or death* in road accidents …”

Very true. The items listed are contributing factors found in relation to many accidents with fatalities. There would also be many non-fatal accidents which are not caused by the items listed (i.e. not giving way or other failures to follow road rules).

People aren’t often told that road fatalities have actually been decreasing. Much of this is no doubt due to the invention of safer cars (i.e. airbags) but some of it could relate to driving habits changing over time.

“road trauma levels have declined substantially over the last four decades, despite considerable population growth and a threefold increase in registered motor vehicles. During this period, the number of road deaths per year has fallen from 3,798 deaths in 1970 to 1,288 in 2011.” http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/

Compare the amount of people who die in car accidents to the other causes of death and you’ll start to get a better perspective on what will more likely be the death of you.

In 2010, the leading underlying cause of death for all Australians was Ischaemic heart disease, which includes angina, blocked arteries of the heart and heart attacks. Ischaemic heart diseases were identified as the underlying cause of 21,708 deaths.

We have some kind of obsession with road deaths when the reality of the situation is that you are many times more likely to die from something else – 1,648 people died as the result of accidental falls in 2010:

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/6BAD463E482C6970CA2579C6000F6AF7?opendocument

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