30 August 2005

Return of the RBT debate .

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ABC Online has a story on attempts by The Pratt to link the statistical blip of this year’s road toll (with the sample numbers involved it’ll need to hold for years to be anything else) with a decline in Random Breath Tests.

Easy to make the correllation as everyone involved in a serious accident gets tested. As it isn’t mentioned can we assume that this year’s fatal crashes are not linked to random breath testing?

UPDATED: The Canberra Times has more complete coverage. Mr. Pratt is concerned people might be driving with “gay abandon”. He’s also ignoring a higher conviction rate while calling for a meaningless KPI.

He also seems to think we need more RBT’s because we live in an era of terrorism (No really! Go read the CT piece if you don’t believe me).

How many devout muslims are going to blow over the limit? Who’s side are you on here Steve?

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i wonder if the fact that the act gummint are unable to directly influence act policing is the reason that they want more speed cameras ?

regardless of pratts political interpretation of the figures, you have to admit they are startling.

while i abhor speed cameras and their ilk, at least with an rbt you get to face your accuser.

yes but if you throw the word terrorism and security into a statement it makes it much more weightier and meaningful, and will ensure that it get the funding and attention that he is after

in fact for my next payrise request I think I’ll add in security against terrorism as a justification to ensure that it gets approved (ie I am not a terrorist therefore I have secured the organisation against it, ta da)

Well, more traffic police would certainly need something to do to pass the time.

We’ve had an unusually high number of accidents involving pedestrians this year. Don’t know if some of them were drunk pedestrians.

Mind you we need more police and more random breath testing. There are too many fuckwits on the roads around town.

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