My oh my how priveleged we are to have our current Road Safety system in NSW. So bad, so misguided that even the NSW Staysafe Committee wants answers on how the system works. Details on that should make good reading when the review of submissions is completed - like how a one man show 'Council' headed by Harold Scruby is invited to actively review road safety demerit points (do they belong in the same sentence?) and comes up with beauties like a 3 point offence for 'Spraying Mud on Pedestrians' (assumedly because they drove through an RTA pothole).
Anyhow, going back to the topic of this thread I offer the latest drivel put together on Young Driver Safety. This magic document came from submissions put to the NSW Government via the RTA. Out of all the submissions came, surprisingly, pretty much what the RTA and NSW Govt had in mind anyhow. 11 options under three main headings. Things like:
- vehicle restrictions
- licence graduation changes
- enhanced driver training
Your eyes might light up seeing the last point. Mine did.
But alas here's where the usual myopic drivel was rolled out. Their ideas of extending written tests and so on and increasing log book hours from 50 to 100 were put forward in a concise way with no notations. But the option on actually giving practical training to drivers (such as car control etc) was of course embellished with words from supposed research stating this sort of training has been linked to increased risk taking (research mind you conducted by a group of the sheltered workshop attendees that have created our current road safety system).
I don't know about anyone out there but this reeks of stacking the cards. It is a clear abuse of the idea that such programs and calls for public comment should be unbiased.
Shame on you RTA and Carl Scully (the signatory to the document).
You can download the form via www.rta.nsw.gov.au
and experience similar awe in the ability for the RTA and NSW Road Safety (sic) groups to protect their agendas.