Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
The latest Transport Accident Commission ad in Vic attempts to shock us with the dangers of speeding. A girl on a bicycle gets hit and killed by a driver "speeding". Then they show the distressed driver saying he wasn't sure how fast he went.
Like most TAC ads, they are always flawed. One a while back shows a pedestrian walking out onto the road without looking and gets cleaned up. In the alternate scenario showing the difference between speeding and not speeding, the car locks up and hits the pedestrian, whereas second time around, he doesn't and pulls up in time.
With the new ad, the girl rides through a give way/stop sign and gets cleaned up by a car locking its brakes. Then they go on emphasising speed is the problem. "Wipe off 5" being the current anti-speeding slogan of today to discourage the majority of drivers from going that bit over the limit. What cheeses me off about this misinformation is in both cases, despite the tragic outcome the scenarios portray, the car driver isn't at fault. The pedestrian walked onto the road without looking and the girl on the bike rode straight into an intersection without using caution - but the "speeding" driver is blamed. If the pedestrian showed care when crossing the road, there would be no collision. Also a cyclist riding straight through an intersection (with good visibility) without giving way is taking a big risk.
I'm sure plenty of actual accidents similar to these scenarios occur, but probably get written up as speed being the major cause, when it is clear the accident wouldn't have happened if people followed basic road safety principles.
The government now just prefers to passively enforce rules using cash cameras rather than doing something constructive like educate groups on road safety. Where's the ads for road safety I grew up with? "Look to the right, look to the left, look to the right again before you cross the road " was a slogan played in TV ads in the 80s. It doesn't exist today - I see no extensive campaigns educating kids on road safety - instead they just cut speed limits and pedestrians in shopping districts I notice treat car park roads and nearby intersections like pedestrian malls. They see a car coming and casually walk out in front of it - forcing you to slow/stop. One that gets up my nose is people walking 3 wide in car parks when you're trying to drive through - they see the car coming and don't move over - they should be moving close to the parked cars. I'm gonna be tempted to give em a nudge one day - at least a good horn blast to wake them up at least.
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