The Chief Minister’s quixotic campaign to eliminate
cars on the road road deaths in the ACT marches on.
Mr. Stanhope has announced a grand road-safety roundtable to bring about the “cultural change” he seeks.
- “This roundtable will be tasked with devising real ways to bring about a cultural change among Canberra drivers so that one road death a year in this town is one too many,” Mr Stanhope said.
“It is simply unacceptable that each year about 14 people are killed and 500 people are injured on ACT roads.
And that despite all his cameras and all his speed vans.
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Seeing as how one death so far this year was caused by a heart attack I wonder what cultural change will do to address that?
- Items to be discussed include driver and rider education, ideas for road safety campaigns, road infrastructure safety improvements and the enforcement of road safety policies, such as the use of speed cameras.
The roundtable will also consider the possible expansion of 40km/h zones around shopping and community facilities, including aged care facilities – a topic listed for consultation by the Greens in the Labor and Greens Parliamentary Agreement.
Peak road safety stakeholders including the Motorcycle Riders Association, Pedal Power, the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust and the Australian Federal Police will be invited to attend the roundtable.
For mine the most dangerous thing on the roads in Canberra at the moment is the sun on the roads of the East-West arterials around sunset. Cleaning up all the painted over road markings (which reflect beautifully and confusingly) would do wonders for road safety.
But that’s a less impressive use of power than changing the culture.