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2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy new year, everyone.

why so slow?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

The message isn’t getting out that speed kills,” State Traffic Support Branch acting Superintendent Paul Fogg said. “The community has got to be aware that our capacity to enforce speed has been increased and they can expect to find greater focus on speed enforcement.”

Their own article quotes research from CARRS-Q and Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, and claims 20% of accidents had speed as a significant contributing factor in the past year’s fatal accidents. Yet CARRS-Q research also shows that distracted drivers are even more dangerous again! Where’s the emphasis on fining these road users as well? Or is that too hard because it can’t be done at the roadside with a piece of technology?

What about people who are involved in an accident at a speed below the speed limit, but who were travelling at a speed unsafe for the conditions? (It’s important to note that the statistics talk about speed as a contributing factor – which has a different set of parameters to the illegal act of speeding).

It’s little wonder that many people assume this type of enforcement is about revenue, as speeding is easy to detect, and leads to a direct impact on the state’s treasury (which we are told is in a poor state). Even Victoria with its heavy-handed approach to speeding in particular, has seen pretty poor road toll results: if enforcement of the speed limits alone is the answer, why aren’t they seeing a significant improvement in their road toll?

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