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Vision Zero rises from the grave!

By johnboy - 12 August 2010 32

[First filed: Aug 11, 2010 @ 15:04]

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The Chiefly Stanhope (having recovered from his original vision zero preceding a road toll not seen in many years) has been chanting over the grave of the previous policy and now announces he’s going back to the people with a “discussion paper on how the ACT might adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ road safety strategy”.

The paper is up on the TAMS website and comes with details on how to get your submission into the discussion by 5pm 30 September.

The paper proposes doing more with the following motherhood statements:

— Engaging with the community on stronger road safety efforts;
— Emphasising speed management as a critical component of the safe system approach, with targeted awareness campaigns supported by strong enforcement and targeted engineering measures;
— Implementing safe system infrastructure—which could include local area traffic management measures, revised speed zoning, median barriers on undivided roads, and calming treatments at intersections;
— Strengthening efforts to encourage best practice in adopting vehicle safety technology;
— Developing an educational approach for all road users—with increased investment in strategic awareness campaigns and lifelong learning measures—in an attempt to change the ACT road safety culture;
— Supporting this broad educational approach with effective and sustained general enforcement measures;
— Implementing stringent controls to remove high end offenders from the road system, for example in relation to speeding and drink driving;
— Continuing efforts to obtain strong alignment with key road safety stakeholders on the overall approach to road safety in the ACT;
— Strengthening synergies between road safety and sustainability/environmental issues; and
Implementing best practice data and evaluation processes.

Possibly most striking is the paper’s musing over whether “towards zero” would be more useful than “vision zero” as a slogan.

UPDATE: Mr Stanhope has also announced the findings of a road safety survey which includes:

— a high proportion of residents believe that travelling on roads in the ACT is safe, with only 4% of respondents describing the roads as “unsafe” or “very unsafe”;
— 85% of residents believe that current speed limits in the ACT are “about right”, whilst 11% believe they are “too low” and only 3% believe they are “too high”;
— 85% of residents believe that increasing the number of police officers on the road would improve driver behaviour, and there is a very high level of confidence (85%) in the effectiveness of “police presence” in terms of speed enforcement;
— there is moderate belief in the effectiveness of fixed speed cameras (48%), point-to-point cameras (54%) and speed camera vans (56%);
— 87% of residents feel that compulsory breath testing helps to lower the road toll;
— 17% of residents admitted to answering their hand-held mobile phones when driving; and
roadside signage (electronic road signs and general road signs) was believed to be the most effective with regard to road safety advertising.

Further Update: The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is not impressed:

“Mr Stanhope has indicated that he will proceed with measures such as point-to-point speed cameras and a zero blood-alcohol limit for L- and P-plate drivers regardless of the outcome of any consultation; however we are yet to see any evidence to suggest these measures will make our roads safer.

“It seems that when it comes to a real analysis of the evidence surrounding road safety this data is simply not available,” said Mr Coe.

In an answer to a Question on Notice from the Canberra Liberals asking the number of motor vehicle accidents involving P and L plate drivers, the government replied that it was not possible to gather this data with ‘current systems’.

‘The availability of this data is crucial in targeting the government’s resources in the most effective way,” Mr Coe said.

“There is no consistency from this government when it comes to road safety with little to no meaningful action to make ACT roads safer, ” Mr Coe said.

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32 Responses to
Vision Zero rises from the grave!
Fouad Maatouk 7:57 pm 11 Aug 10

Apparently not all ACT police officers agree with Mr Stanhope’s views on the dangers of speeding.

At least not the owner of the dark blue sedan with number plate DC-286 who can be seen on the Monaro highway most mornings and evenings overtaking everybody at well over the speed limit, and weaving in and out of the traffic that dares to get in his way. He must think his AFP uniform is invisible or something.

Mr Waffle 6:52 pm 11 Aug 10

Glancing at the title “vision zero” and the thumbnail of that diagram, I thought this was more along the lines of a Reploid conspiracy…

niftydog 6:09 pm 11 Aug 10

Make obtaining your license f’n hard, and loosing it f’n easy. Getting it back after you’ve lost it should be damn near impossible and if you loose it again, tough biscuits.

Even so, I can’t think of anything a politician could do that will change current driver attitudes en mass.

Skidbladnir 5:56 pm 11 Aug 10

caf said :

If they really want to get closer to Zero, then significant improvements in mental health care are absolutely necessary..

Or just hand over control to automated systems.
(Hello, Johnnycab!)

caf 5:45 pm 11 Aug 10

If they really want to get closer to Zero, then significant improvements in mental health care are absolutely necessary. Otherwise, no matter how many other road safety initiatives we have, there’ll still be a monotonous parade of “single vehicle, sole occupant” crashes.

pete74au 5:17 pm 11 Aug 10

If 38% of fatalities were caused by unlicensed and or unregistered vehicles, 40% of fatalities involved drugs and or booze. Another large percentage by road user inattention. Uh what will any form of automated speed control do to have a psoitive impact – answer SFA, however they are self funding and will make people look at the signs – doh.

Sorry, the police say Inappropriate or excessive speed, i.e. the road user got it wrong not that they were exceeding some arbitrary number plucked from a wax dolls bottom and placed on a pole.

SPEED DOES NOT KILL – CRASHES KILL. Higher speeds makes the louder bangs and spread the debris and body parts further.

We have to focus on US and until WE take ownership of our own actions and stop blaming everything else then we will die and it will have jack to do with some arbitrary speed sign.

Skidbladnir 4:41 pm 11 Aug 10

I like how one of the components of their washing-machine flow chart is a conclusion: “lower speeds are more forgiving of human error”.
This also shows up primarily in the Australian Vision Zero statements.

This contrasts with several studies, which conclude it is the deviation from the mean speed of traffic which is the risk factor, not the speed itself.
(EG: If you’re travelling at the same speed as everyone else, you’re more likely to be fine. If you travel twice the speed of everyone else you’re an idiot, and if you come to a stop in the middle of a highway, you suffer similar problems)

Australian researchers, Fildes, Rumbold, and Leening (1991)…found a trend of increasing crash involvement for speeds above the mean speed in both rural and urban conditions – similar to the correlations reported in the early studies. However, no relationship between slower [absolute] speeds and increased crash involvement was found.
It is important to note that the researchers emphasized speed variance, rather than absolute speed, as the primary culprit in the incidence of crashes; speed variation is defined as a vehicle’s deviation from the mean speed of free-flowing traffic.
Hauer’s (1971) theoretical analysis of overtakings demonstrated that the number vehicle interactions in terms of passing or being passed is a U-shaped curve with a minimum at the median speed. The number of vehicles that a driver catches up with and overtakes increases with speed and the number of times a driver is passed by others decreases with speed. Thus, the increased risk of crash involvement is a result of potential conflicts from faster traffic catching up with and passing slower vehicles.

Summary
There is evidence that crash risk is lowest near the average speed of traffic and increases for vehicles traveling much faster or slower than average… risk of being involved in an injury crash is lowest for vehicles that travel near the median speed…

Source: Synthesis of Safety Research Related to Speed and Speed Limits (United States Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Virgina)

harley 4:06 pm 11 Aug 10

54-11 said :

Why? Because it is a form of (largely unintended) social engineering, whereby they convince road users that speeding is the biggest possible evil, and that all other behaviours are acceptable. Therefore, we have dickheads talking on their phones, playing with GPSs, failing to indicate, changing lanes without looking, dazzling other road users with wanker lights, and the list goes on.

I think this is a case of Pick your battles.

The people who do those things probably speed whenever they know they won’t get caught. Speeding is a constant – you don’t just go over for a brief instant, you habitually sit at your comfort level over the limit. Mine’s 8 – 10%… You’re more likely to catch speed-guy speeds for 600 seconds a day than non-indicating-guy who non-indicates for 20 seconds in the same trip.

All those things you mention are dangerous and annoying, but I don’t agree with your assertion that because people can’t speed as easily they do other things. Speeding is the biggest possible evil over all those things, when taken in context.

georgesgenitals 3:57 pm 11 Aug 10

54-11 said :

I’ve said it before on RA, and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die (hopefully not on our roads) – the obsession by the Stanhope and other governments with speed-control is the single biggest cause of the increase in traffic fatalities and accidents.

Why? Because it is a form of (largely unintended) social engineering, whereby they convince road users that speeding is the biggest possible evil, and that all other behaviours are acceptable. Therefore, we have dickheads talking on their phones, playing with GPSs, failing to indicate, changing lanes without looking, dazzling other road users with wanker lights, and the list goes on.

When the vast majority of enforcement is focused on just one thing, then it is effectively giving permission to do anything and everything else.

This is beginning child psychology, something that Stanhope and the rozzers simply fail to understand.

Hence increased road tolls, more desperate attempts to control speed, and ergo, more deaths/accidents, and so on and on this crazy cycle goes.

+1. Well said.

neanderthalsis 3:47 pm 11 Aug 10

Sorry, I think there was a typo in Chairman Stanhopes release, it should read “Zero Vision”, not “Vision Zero”.

Somehow our dictatorial overlords believe that rehashing an outdated and failed policy will stop people dying on the roads. It is obvoius that more police, more fines and silly road signs don’t work. So how about a greater focus on driver training including defensive driving to teach folks how to handle an emegency situation.

Skidbladnir 3:40 pm 11 Aug 10

(I ask because while the media release just says “Its all there, go check tams.act.gov.au yourself”, the actual TAMS website only directs people to Road Safety Strategy discussion paper, and the ACT Government search feature is a pile of shit)

Thumper 3:34 pm 11 Aug 10

Sorry, and just in case, more speed cameras.

Skidbladnir 3:34 pm 11 Aug 10

With statements like “there is moderate belief in the effectiveness of fixed speed cameras (48%), point-to-point cameras (54%) and speed camera vans (56%);”, can we see the questions that were asked?

Thumper 3:34 pm 11 Aug 10

Simple. Ban cars.

Oh, and remove roads.

54-11 3:20 pm 11 Aug 10

I’ve said it before on RA, and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die (hopefully not on our roads) – the obsession by the Stanhope and other governments with speed-control is the single biggest cause of the increase in traffic fatalities and accidents.

Why? Because it is a form of (largely unintended) social engineering, whereby they convince road users that speeding is the biggest possible evil, and that all other behaviours are acceptable. Therefore, we have dickheads talking on their phones, playing with GPSs, failing to indicate, changing lanes without looking, dazzling other road users with wanker lights, and the list goes on.

When the vast majority of enforcement is focused on just one thing, then it is effectively giving permission to do anything and everything else.

This is beginning child psychology, something that Stanhope and the rozzers simply fail to understand.

Hence increased road tolls, more desperate attempts to control speed, and ergo, more deaths/accidents, and so on and on this crazy cycle goes.

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