Okay. I've lost my civic faculties and I'm gonna make waves. I looked up my member of parliament at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au
and have written an email:
Mr Barry Collier, MP
Member for Miranda
Subject; Recent Announcement of Increase in Penalties for Speeding
I write this email with much frustration, and to be honest much displeasure at the attitude of our Parliamentary representatives.
Yesterday, I heard a news report stating that many more speed cameras were being installed, that penalties were being doubled for many speeding offences, and that drivers risked losing their licences for doing 20km/h over the speed limit. This is extending the current myopic attitude towards speed being the sole killer on our roads, and that if we stopped speeding we would be at least 40% safer than we are now (based on figures stating that over 40% of fatal car accidents are caused by speed). This defies logic and raises an important distinction between speed causing an accident, or rather being a 'factor'.
I note that the NRMA is spending significant time and effort to ask for public submissions on the current demerit points scheme. The details are available via www.nrma.com.au
and the discussion paper raises some very good and well balanced points. However, it seems the NSW Parliament, and in particular Mr Carl Scully, have sought to scuttle the process by making decisions not based on public comment.
In all my years as a voter I have never bothered to raise an issue with my member of parliament, however the current 'Police state' attitude which represents an affront on the wallets of motorists whilst other road safety factors are ignored has placed me at the end of my patience. When I hear Police Highway Patrol Officers condemning Speed Cameras as farcical money spinners I know we have a dire situation in our hands
How can I meet with people who have led to the current decisions to pursue revenue based programs on road safety? Where can members of the public (and they're not a small group) go to actively debate the current situation and tunnel vision approach by our law makers? .
I would very much appreciate a forum with people as mentioned above. However, perhaps I can at least have a small amount of your time to supply statistics that show the current speed related focus is a farce, and a product of manipulations of data. Then, we can discuss how the speed camera focus we are seeing in NSW and VIC led to the fall of a government in British Columbia, Canada.
I very much look forward to discussing these issues with you in the near future.
I'm also going to join the ALP and Liberal Parties and I'm going to lobby for some of our rights.
Who's with me?