"Road Safety"...great joke if it wasnt so serious
now i am angry. i have listened to their bulls*#t for long enough now.
our beloved politicians have gone too far. first we get a 50kmh limit (unenforced so what difference does it make) and now they are going to take these inappropriate car ads off the telly. you know the ones...holdens doing a bit of circle work in a deserted paddock, xr8's on salt lakes hosing jet cars. is there no limit to their stupidity.
1. the car ads. michelle roberts, the police minister in WA cos our last one lost her licence...again, supports the move to ban the car ads that portray anti-social behaviour. her reasonong is, and i hope you are sitting down cos this is crazy, that the car companes spend more on advertising than is spent on road safety ads and the government cant compete. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS??? this is someone who is supposed to be intelligent. but what does she do? she appeals to the mindless millions who actually believe the crap she is spouting. i think the next car company to do an ad ought to show her being dragged behind whatever car they are selling. i will buy it.
2. this 50 kmh limit. classic stuff in WA. why? cos it isnt enforced. our police stated that cameras would not be used on side streets to enforce this. why? let me tell you. because a camera placed on my street woul;d likely get 6 people in an hour doing 10 kays over. a camera on a nice flat, straight stretch of road will probably collect 100 people in an hour (you know the ones...for those that live in WA, try these...morley drive, alexander drive, karrinyup road, whitfords ave, either freeway...the list is endless and i am sure it is the same in every other state of this country). you dont need to be einstien to work out which is the best business decision...as such, i know of only one instance of this being enforced, and that was near a school at 3.30 in the afternoon. nice token effort.
if these idiots who get voted in time after time cant be serious aboyut road safety (and it is bloody obvious that they couldnt give a toss) then why dont they just SHUT THE HELL UP and go back to what they do best...lying, cheating and basically stealing (mentioning names on here could get me in trouble...so i wont, but we all know who they are). if they really are serious, then a proper method of licencing would be a good start. testing people to see if they can perform a 3 point turn is not going to save anyones life. when was the last time you did one? right, your test. ever since then you have taken as many points as necessary or used someones driveway.
oh, and one final rant. this is also pretty bizarre, but sadly true. in WA i cannot buy a model of the 1981 world rally winning escort. why? because, in letters about 5mm high on the side is the word 'rothmans'. our state government is so freaking anally retentive that they have decided that this is cigarette advertising, so is a no-go zone. for f*#ks sake! when will these assclowns in government leave us alone to make SOME decisions for oursleves?
speed kills is a nice political catchcry. besides the obvious flaws with this arguement, it is easier and more likely to be bandied abot by our friends in parliament than 'politicians apathy and need for cheap votes kills'. sadly, the latter is the more correct, but will never get aired.
and finally, that old chestnut of restricting engine sizes to newer drivers is being dragged up again. any car can do 160 kmh, irrespective of engine size (except my fiesta...its performance is measured with a calendar). without proper education, the effects of an accident at this speed is largely the same, irrespective of engine size. further, many smaller engined cars accelerate harder than large engines...witness the humiliation a 2 litre escort dishes out to 202, 253 and standard 308. but this is ignored. unless people are trained to handle their cars, unless they are trained to drive in different conditions, unless they are trained in skid control, unless they are trained in car control, and unless they are trained to read the road ahead, instead the arse of the car in front, then people will still keep dying on our roads, and the pollies will keep coming up with more ridiculous 'road safety initaitives'.
if there is a politician out there who is capable of reading, and actually reads this, email me, post on the board, anything, but bloody prove me wrong!
You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.
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2002 Ford Falcon AU3 XR6
1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
1980 Ford Escort RS2000