Written by Dan Lewis over at Tim Blair‘s:
Supporters suggest the technology could reduce the need for high-level policing on roads, make speed cameras irrelevant
The Government could have prevented “Speeding” any time they ever wanted to in the last decade, by putting a speed camera on every street, or a speed limiter in every car. However, no more “speeding” = no more fines revenue.
It will never happen. Like banning cigarettes.
Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal said speeding was the biggest killer on NSW roads
Bullshit. NSW Roads are the killer. People driving in excess of 200kmh in Germany manage to survive, all the time.
It comes down to your definition of “speeding”. For me, “speeding” means driving at a speed unsafe for the prevailing conditions. Not exceeding the posted speed limit, which hasn’t been raised ever, despite advances in driver technology and safety.
There is no reason why dual-carriage, dead-straight, multi-lane sections of the Hume Highway, for example couldn’t be Autobahns. Right now, the biggest risk is falling asleep from boredom.
Meanwhile, there are 100 year old goat-tracks, signposted 100kmh which is asking for trouble in the wet. Yet people drive at that speed, because we have been programmed to trust the sign, and not our own driving ability.
On “Double Points” long-weekends, it’s not unusual to see convoys of dozens of cars, travelling at precisely 110kmh, mere inches away from each other, the drivers’ eyes fixated on the speedometer lest they surely get a ticket. Can anyone seriously tell me this is an improvement to safety? No, I don’t have sour grapes having not received a speeding ticket in over a decade. But the whole government attitude towards road safety sucks.
In this country, most people were taught to drive by their father. He was taught by his father. So it follows, if your Great Grandfather was a lousy driver, so are you. So by all means, turn without indicating. Hog the right lane. Tailgate other vehicles. Under-inflate your tires, overtake in the left lane, brake too hard. It’s all acceptable to the NSW Government, who never enforce laws against these hazards. But heaven forbid you should “speed”. That would be dangerous!
Except for the part about learning to drive from fathers, it’s all true.