Over the last couple of days now, everytime I read the morning paper I see a story on how the WA Government is going to introduce some new law to dramatically decrease WA's road toll, or how they are going to target this demograph of driver etc, without pointing out the real reason people have accidents on our roads - inexperience.
This type of propaganda has spurred me into action which I'll explained later, but first here are some strategies the WA brain trust (Government) has introduced over the last 1-2 years:
1. 50km/h speed limits in built up areas - a drop from 60km/h.
2. Banning the use of mobile phones while driving.
3. Increase of speed cameras (Multanovas).
4. Decrease the tolerance of speed in speeding fines - a drop from 10km/h over to about 5km/h.
5. Outlawing commercials on TV that depict dangerous driving.
6. The introduction of double demerits on long weekends.
After all this, the 10 day period between Good Friday and last Sunday (27th of April), WA had the highest road toll in the country with 8 deaths (only one of those was a P plater). The Police Minister then comes out and says "A number (read: all) of the fatalities didn't
result from double demerit style incidents and, in fact, the evidence indicates that it (the strategy) does slow people down". The Government introduced this strategy too decrease the road toll, when it didn't work they turn it around and say "but it slowed people down", which is a good thing? 8 people still died on our roads, what caused them? the one thing our government doesn't want to admit to? inexperience.
So now the government is thinking of introducing higher penalties for speeding fines, and a crack down on young drivers
What is my idea you ask? because I'm so disgusted in the way the Government blames everything on speed (it's been building up for over 5 years now, but the last few days has sent me over the edge
), I'm thinking of gathering some friends together that are like minded and form some kind of committee that will not only stand up for the general motoring public, but also car enthusiasts. By car enthusiasts, I mean people that drive their modified cars normally on our roads and respect the road rules, not morons that think it's cool to do 100km/h in a 60 zone while weaving in and out of traffic in their fully sik VL 6 cyl commodores, or bake a tyre as they're leaving Mcdonalds
There's nothing like this over here, but there's a Pedestrian council here that holds some strong power when it comes to not only introducing laws, but conceiving them aswell - one of their brainstorms conceived the banning of bull bars (hasn't been introduced yet). As you can guess, according to them, any modified car is capable of killing millions of innocent pedestrians, so they are all for the introduction of anti-hoon laws, which no one can argue are aimed directly at modified car owners.
You could guarantee this council would have the total support of 99% of car clubs in WA, and with backing and support like that, would hold alot of muscle in the introduction of any new laws (or changing of old ones) that discriminate again the motoring public.
I know this would be the first in Australia, and wouldn't get much help from other groups as they would probably look at us as hoons by trying introduce higher speed limits in the country (combat fatigue), but I think it's worth a shot. I would be looking for people that would be good public speakers, present themselves well and can write a well constructed letter or report. If this took off, people from other states could follow, bouncing ideas and information off each state.
I've also been slowly gathering info on such things as speed related deaths in other countries over the years, so I'm not going into this without any info or stats.
So what do you guys think? is it a good idea or not? If it works, the motoring public, car clubs and car enthusiasts would have an avenue to have their say against such laws as the anti-hoon laws, or the introduction of higher speeding fines, plus we could show the public the real truth behind speed, or the real reason our road tolls are so high, that way maybe, just maybe we could get the Government to introduce such things as driver training - I did say maybe.