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THE CARNAGE MUST STOP!

By johnboy - 22 July 2010 55

Jon Stanhope, perhaps smarting from his foolish Vision Zero immediately before a series of freak accidents blew out the road toll, is taking his angry voice to all of you.

Sure it starts as an “appeal”, and moves on with some initiatives which give the appearance of action such as punishing p-platers using cough syrup, point to point cameras, and some more roadworks.

But by the end it’s all your fault:

“‘I want to send a clear message to the community: the carnage must stop, and it starts and ends with our own actions. I urge all drivers to make a commitment to themselves, and their families, to drive safely, obey the road rules and help prevent any further deaths on our roads.”

If only these initiatives had been rolled out before Mully stole that car in Quangers, they totally would have stopped this kind of thing!

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THE CARNAGE MUST STOP!
Holden Caulfield 3:42 pm 22 Jul 10

amarooresident3 said :

What freak accidents? As far as I can tell every road death this year has been because someone was doing the wrong thing.

That’s a pretty naive statement.

Me no fry 2:55 pm 22 Jul 10

Mechanical failure? Most accidents are still caused by the nut behind the wheel.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:30 pm 22 Jul 10

Funky1 said :

amarooresident3 said :

What freak accidents? As far as I can tell every road death this year has been because someone was doing the wrong thing. A freak accident is when a meteorite hits you.

And the CM is right – at some point drivers have to take responsibility for their own behavior.

What about deaths due to mechanical failure (ie brakes failing or something similar)?

And that’s much more likely to be poor maintenance than freak chance.

Tony 2:22 pm 22 Jul 10

Need (more?) full-time police patrols on our roads.

Swaggie 2:19 pm 22 Jul 10

Can all the speed camera supporters please explain how having speed cameras stops some idiot teens stealing a car on a Saturday night and going twice the speed limit down the Parkway endangering everyone’s life they come across?

Very Busy 2:18 pm 22 Jul 10

“L and P-plate drivers will face a zero blood-alcohol limit under the Government’s new anti drink-driving laws”
Big fail to Stanhope – A reduction in BAC from 0.02 to 0.00. How many fatalities have been attributed to L or P plate drivers with a BAC of between 0.00 and 0.02?

“Anyone charged with drink-driving will have to take part in alcohol awareness courses”
Big fail to Stanhope – Drink drivers are already aware of the law and are already aware of the fact that they drink and drive.

“tougher restrictions will apply to those seeking restricted licences.”
Thumbs up to Stanhope – But does this go far enough? Anyone who’s licence has been cancelled should not have any right to a restricted licence. Is it OK to put dangerous drivers on our streets just because they need to get to work?

“Canberra’s first ever point-to-point road safety cameras have been funded in this year’s Budget”
Fail – These revenue cameras will be great for the sections of roads that they monitor. The positive effect will only be limited to stretches of road without intersections which tend to be the safer roads anyway. Bad drivers will know where they are and drive accordingly. This wont make any difference to the vast majority of Canberras roads.

“some of our most accident-prone sites are being upgraded with the help of the Federal Government’s Black Spots program”
Thumbs up to the federal Govt.

Road safety campaigns are also being rolled out to remind Canberrans to drive safely and obey the road rules.”
Big fail to Stanhope – Hasn’t this already been tried with those expensive roadside signs? Don’t we already hear road safety messages after every fatal crash? (fairly often these days). Dangerous drivers wont change their behaviour because of a road safety campaign.

There is no mention of the one thing that will deter drivers from breaking the law. THE RISK OF A FINE FOR BREAKING THE LAW. People break the law because they can. PUT POLICE BACK ON THE STREETS. It will take several years to change diver behaviour back to how it was before speed cameras substituted police cars but the sooner it’s done the more lives we’ll save. We need 5 years of low tollerence policing 24/7 targeting ALL road rules. There might be an initial cost but over time the savings will pay for the extra police required.

vandam 1:58 pm 22 Jul 10

Funky1 said :

amarooresident3 said :

What freak accidents? As far as I can tell every road death this year has been because someone was doing the wrong thing. A freak accident is when a meteorite hits you.

And the CM is right – at some point drivers have to take responsibility for their own behavior.

So you have reviewed every single road death this year?
What about deaths due to mechanical failure (ie brakes failing or something similar)? You know for a fact that this wasn’t a contributing factor in any of the deaths?

Amarooresident is correct. All have been fault of drivers. Mechanical failures are rare in collisions whether it includes injuries/death or no injuries.

I hope your not one of those people that tries to blame everything and everyone else before blaming yourself.

prhhcd 1:56 pm 22 Jul 10

Thumper said :

No doubt, we need more speed cameras.

+1

Funky1 1:31 pm 22 Jul 10

amarooresident3 said :

What freak accidents? As far as I can tell every road death this year has been because someone was doing the wrong thing. A freak accident is when a meteorite hits you.

And the CM is right – at some point drivers have to take responsibility for their own behavior.

So you have reviewed every single road death this year?
What about deaths due to mechanical failure (ie brakes failing or something similar)? You know for a fact that this wasn’t a contributing factor in any of the deaths?

Aurelius 1:22 pm 22 Jul 10

Why don’t they try the NSw solution?
In NSW a few years ago, the Police announced they’d no longer publish the road toll figure.
See, problem solved!
Unfortunately, the newspapers kept counting and publishing the numbers.
Wicked journalists!

Erg0 12:59 pm 22 Jul 10

I suspect that the problem is more that Stanhope was attempting to promote the notion that the road toll could be entirely “fixed” by the authorities. Good to see him coming back round to reality.

Thumper 12:46 pm 22 Jul 10

No doubt, we need more speed cameras.

Jim Jones 12:40 pm 22 Jul 10

It’s Stanhope’s fault that people die on the roads?

That’s a surprise.

amarooresident3 12:32 pm 22 Jul 10

What freak accidents? As far as I can tell every road death this year has been because someone was doing the wrong thing. A freak accident is when a meteorite hits you.

And the CM is right – at some point drivers have to take responsibility for their own behavior.

Inappropriate 12:29 pm 22 Jul 10

The more legislation and policies rolled out against the stupid, the better!!!!!

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