Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Official figures show Vic 50km/h limit is a total failure
The 50km/h residential street limit was introduced on 22/1/2001, purely to reduce pedestrian casualties, following a parliamentary report which said it would significantly reduce them.
"The Victorian Government and the Transport Accident Commission expect the new limit will reduce road accidents by 10 per cent, or about 200, a year." The Age, 8/1/2001
Today's Age reports: "The number of pedestrians killed on Victorian roads jumped 30 per cent last year, from 61 to 80, according to the Transport Accident Commission.".
Now the police say it's because motorists aren't careful enough passing trams and they want those laws changed. Funny, but I thought they said injuries would go down 10%, not up 30%, with the 50km/h limit. I must be dreaming. Or maybe someone else is.
What is also interesting is that pedestrian casualites had already fallen by 22% between the 1998 parliamentary report and the start of 2001, without the 50km/h limit. So what caused that? Speed cameras, I suppose. So why didn't they work last year? Not enough of them I suppose. Maybe the police will put them on trams - that should fix the latest problem very nicely.
I am working on an arictle on this issue that I'll submit to The Age in the next day or two as there's been a reasonable number of letters lately questioning the speed issue generally, so it might have a chance of being published. I hope that some facts will stimulate more public debate and demonstrate what utter bullshit is being forced on us. We are ruled by ignorant boneheads who wouldn't know if a tram was up them until the passengers got out.