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Old 01-06-2003, 17:41   #1 (permalink)
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Holiday road death toll probed...

This would be laughable, if it wasn't so serious.

Ninemsn News Item link here

One quote that got me was this:

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"I am concerned that an emphasis on excessive speed may blind us to other causes," Mr Anderson said in a statement.
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Didn't you know speeding is the root of all evil ?
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I read an article on this in todays paper. They also interviewed some motoring club bloke who said that while many fatlaities were the result of head ons, only 7% of the national highway system was dual carriage way.

Could we finally be seeing some intelligent contributions to road safety?
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Well, shock me with a Tazer. Of course expect the study to still concentrate on speed because it's the best net value enforcement available.
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Read that in the paper today.

Anderson saying that will maybe get a bit more info.

Remember he is ostensibly a country MP and, especially in Victoria, the majority of deaths were in the country.

He also mentioned state of vehicles as well.
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Forget to mention the fact that people who drive on country roads are travelling longer distances, and fatigue comes in to it, the roads arent as well maintained, not as well lit up.....Oh but none of that matters, it's all those idiots who do 4km/h over the limit!!!
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Forget to mention the fact that people who drive on country roads are travelling longer distances, and fatigue comes in to it, the roads arent as well maintained, not as well lit up.....Oh but none of that matters, it's all those idiots who do 4km/h over the limit!!!
Damn straight Chevypower.

Just did the trip up to summernats and back.

Trip up was pretty rapid, 5hr30min driving time start of Hume in Melbourne to the servo outside EPIC. (by the way, so much for continuing the christmas blitz in Vic, saw 1 cop car over 600kms of Hume) Never felt tired as was concentrating on doing 130-140.

Coming back, stopped Albury for lunch then was falling asleep by Seymour doing 110-120 so we stopped. The people who don't stop die. I could have ushed on but would have had an accident, it was only another 95k's to Melbourne, many people wouldn't have stopped.
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I wonder if there is anything to be read into his choice of words. Excessive speed is different to speeding. I've seen many people driving under the speed limit travelling at an excessive speed.

Still as Pete says, there is no money in pissing off most of the population by forcing them to learn how to drive or maintain their cars better ...
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