Might have missed this. Some pretty amazing figures.
Accidental falls kill as many people as speed, yet there are no ladder police. Almost 2500 people take their own lives in Australia each year. According to the Flinders University Research Centre for Injury Studies, "suicide has been a commoner cause of male death than road crashes since about 1990". The only reason you don't hear more about all of that is that the government-funded high-profile safety awareness marketing campaigns are targeted where the revenue is, not the risk.
i read the article - not bad, and i wrote an email to send in, however it has all turned to poo and i cant send it - can someone please cut and paste and send it in? it would be much appreciated.
email is as follows - feel free to spell/grammar check it...
I'm just writing to point out somthing I have noticed while listening to the traffic reports in the mornings and afternoons while I travel to and from work.
I have noticed that they go through the crashes first "motorcyclist and car at the intersection of 'X' and 'Y' st" "pedestrian and bus at the corner of 'X' st" "two car nose to tail near the roundabout on 'Y' st"
Then they say the speed camera locations "speed camera on the highway after this exit" "radar gun on X road" etc.
I notice that all/an extremely high proportion of crashes are at intersections, but all the cameras and radar guns are on straight peices of road...this suggests to me that the main cause of crashes is actually failure to give way or inattention rather than speed, and furthermore that speed detection devices are mainly a means of revenue raising rather than a crash prevention measure, due to their specific locations on our roads.
Thank you for your time, and good luck with your research!
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I have to do a major case study for year 12 on dangerous driving, and this will prove very useful!
I think I will also have to ask mr AP very nicely to lol, as no doubt he would have a bit of info to persaude the point which I am angling it at!
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The number of fatal crashes in Australia has fallen 42 percent between 1980 and 2002, despite the proliferation of the motor vehicle fleet from around eight million vehicles in 1980 to about 12 million today.
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