Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: in a Russell Whyte free zone
Re: Why Australia's speed limits should NOT be increased
I cant believe what I'm reading, almost anybody who drives is going over our posted limits posted every day. And driving within some of our limits is downright dangerous.
I hear a few mutters of taking responsibility, and drivers and legislators not doing so is the heart of the problem, and the reason for some of the apalling driving we see every day. But copping this bull about ever lower limits which is simply revenue getting masked as road safety makes me wanna puke.
The lack of enforcement of almost every rule but speeding (and using a cell phone), the inconsistant and illogical speed limits, and the "speed now pay later" camera regeime of our current state governments is the reason for much of the crazy incompetant and undisciplined driving we see everyday. How can you take charge of your actions when every decision is taken from you the driver, Add to this the latest gem that if your 5ks under a posted you must be absolutely safe. (Whoever dreamed up that one was smoking something stronger than filter tips.)
Dont get me wrong here I am not proposing 300Kph limits with 160Kph in the burbs, but a little common sense is required and we dont see much of that from other drivers, and we see sodd all from RTA or the governments they are part of.
With an oval at my doorstep i routinely get the hooning as each lot finishes training, 80+ kays and fish tailing tyre smoke in the heart of suburbia.
They did 80+ when the limit was 60, they do 80+ with the limit at 50, and with the proposed 40 they will still be doing 80, through all the joggers, the kids playing, and people taking a walk. Mind you once these guys hit the main road its 60 because its a known radar spot. If the posted speed was 10 it wouldn't change a damn thing, but we get no enforcement of anything but an open road speed limit.
Every day I get to queue/battle on one of Sydneys "Revenue-Ways" some of the stunts you see there I couldn't perform with a roll cage a ramp and a helmet with stars on it.
On the M$ you can cut in, cut someone off, tailgate to your hearts content, drive 20Ks under the odd in the fast lane. As long as you dont go 10% over in a single car situation. At peak hour you can do all of the above at 15 to 20 over the odds because your protected from the cameras in a pack. And you can do the same 15 to 20Ks over in rain, hail, sleet, fog, plagues of locusts (rare in Sydney of late), you can do it at dawn or at dust with the sun in your eyes.
But never must you do that most dangerous thing and exceed the limit at quiet times when you have ample road and vision. Cos you'll get radar-ed
You've got B-Doubles hogging the fast lane all through the tunnel so they can chicane the traffic at the 1st hint of an incline. And you've got all the desperados with a death wish cutting in and playing chichen with these 30+ tons of truck.
Has anyone driven from Sydney to Newcastle of late, 40K roadwork speed limits smack bang in the middle of the freeway with the actual roadwork nowhere near the tarmac. This signage applies the immediate safety feature of dividing the road users into 3 catagories!
(1) the I'll the limit and I'm safe brigade do 40 or less,
(2) is the pack that says this is crap, and there will be bugger all radars at roadworks do 110 to 130,
(3) the rest of us are left trying to make sense of it all an usually settle for a reduced speed somewhere between 1 and 2.
The speed differential introduced by this nosense is appalling up to 100Kph. Sure the RTA goofs will sit back and demand we all tow the the line but they know its so far from reality its laughable.
We have motoring organisations and an RTA that openly dismiss driver training, and are sure that a license and a quick read of "the open road" and your the worlds best steerer.
Look a little closer before you do too many comparisons between Europe and Australia, we have plenty of european taugh drivers here performing equally as badly as the rest of us. And I dont see records of Aussies overseas being the road menace you guys are painting us as. People will act according to the situation they are exposed to.
You see we have a "govt know best" system that actively discourages thought and responsibility from the individual driver. The highway speed limits posted in NSW bear no relationship to the quality of the road or the likelyhood of risk.
And frankly the 110Kph on extended sections is dangerously low in most modern cars, boredom and the subsequent loss of concentration are responsible for more than a fair proportion of incidents on these better stretches of road.
If drivers were encouraged to improve their craft, drive within the limits of the road, their vehicle and the weather, we would have much safer roads, and they'd be a lot more enjoyable to drive on. Relaxing selected highway limits and reviewing each section of road and setting limits accordingly would go some way to encouraging better driving. Call me crazy saying this but people may even lose the notion that you must drive at the posted limit at all times in all conditions.
I drive, I love performance, I pay a huge amout of tax as a road user and I'm pissed at the way I'm treated, and I dont think I'm alonewith that.
A pox on the carr and bracks and whoevers road revenue regeime.
Sensible and reasoned speed limits, and proper enforcement, not revenue grabbing is what I want. I just wont hold my breath till it happens.
The first government to realise that there is votes in this and more importantly saved lives will do very well.