Finally Someone is Speaking Up!
From today's Herald-Sun, by Paul Anderson (pg 12).
Fewer than 15 per cent of Melbourne road fatalities occur on streets with the 50km/h speed limit.
Vicroads figures show that in the 15 moths from January 1999, 29 people died in residential streets, compared with 190 deaths on bigger roads.
Of the 69 pedestrians killed in Melbourne, only 14 per cent died on streets that now have a 50km/h limit.
Opposition transport spokesman Geoff Leigh said the figures didn't support the State Government's move last year to lower the limit to 50km/h in most suburban streets.
Mr Leigh said the Government should have concentrated on high crash zones. He said drivers were confused because most of the steets didn't have signs warning them of the lower limit.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor defended the limit, saying serious accidents in 50km/h areas dropped by 10 per cent in the last six months of 2001.
Police data showed motorists were four times more likely to speed in 50km/h streets than other speed zones.
Mr Batchelor's spokeswoman, Melissa Arch, said the Government and councils were assessing streets which might revert to 60km/h limits.
Older road users will come under increased attention this year.
Road users 60 or older made up more than a quarter of Victoria's road toll last year. Seventy people over 70 were killed.
The Transport Accident Commission will fast-trak advertising campaigns using bowls clubs, golf clubs and doctors in an effort to get the safety message across.
It's about bloody time the pollies pulled their heads out of their nether regions methinks.......
There's nothing like thrashing your boss's car!