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Journeys : June July 2009
About your club Patron His Excellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AO, Governor of Tasmania President Roger Locke Vice Presidents Stuart Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Bruce Clark, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Chris Langdon, Tony Stacey AM, Kathryn Westwood Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6710 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3208 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 6232 6300 Fax: (03) 6231 9294 Advertising The Media Centre 210 Collins Street Ph: (03) 6234 8588 Fax: (03) 6234 8301 Email: email@example.com Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of ad ver tise ments including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Motor News Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2009 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Pre-press: PMP Digital Printing: PMP Pty Ltd Mailhouse: Datasend Australia Pty Ltd Distribution: Australia Post Member of the Circulations Audit Board ISSN 0818-5549 Customer Service 4 June / July 09 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 Chiefly make a mistake, and our cars should be built to protect us in a crash. Always remember the RACT dictum – safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads. ——— The RACT recently hosted a seminar on roadkill. It’s an issue for our tourism industry and for road safety – it’s also an animal welfare issue and an insurance concern. The detailed research of CSIRO scientist Dr Alistair Hobday, which you can see at www. roadkilltas.com, includes maps showing where the majority of roadkill occurs. F8 B y any yardstick, the first months of this year have been appalling in terms of road trauma in Tasmania. We’re not talking statistics. This is life and death. It is unacceptable. Yet even before a coronial inquiry, too many people blame the driver, especially younger drivers. Have these critics never made a mistake behind the wheel? I’m sure they have, but maybe they were lucky. For instance, perhaps they were on a wellengineered road, in a newer vehicle fitted with safety devices. Crashes are the result of a complex set of factors and motorists should not take the entire blame. A car rolls off the road at night and the driver is killed. A clear case of inattention? Case closed? Yet perhaps the road was narrow, perhaps it was raining, perhaps the white lines were faded. Perhaps the driver realised too late that the vehicle was crossing to the wrong side of the road, then skidded in a dirt shoulder that should have been sealed. Perhaps they would have survived the crash if they were in a car with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Perhaps too, if the line markings had not faded over the years, they would have been alerted to their predicament earlier. Not every death on the road is the result of reckless driving. Responsible drivers die, too. We must be attentive to minimise mistakes – our roads must be well-engineered to help us when we do Dr Hobday’s mapping can be uploaded into GPS devices to warn motorists that they are approaching a roadkill hot spot. This would be useful for touring visitors, who often complain about the number of dead animals they see on Tasmanian roads. The RACT will be talking to car rental companies to see if we can persuade them to include these GPS navigation files in their cars in Tasmania so that visitors can be advised when they are approaching a high-risk roadkill location. ——— Traffic congestion continues to be a problem in Hobart and Launceston. The RACT started the ball rolling on this topic three years ago when we arranged a series of traffic congestion forums in Launceston and Hobart. We brought together government, councils, engineering and political figures to raise awareness of this growing issue, and to see what could be done about it. In 2009, the problem seems to be getting worse. Traffic congestion affects people in Launceston and suburbs surrounding Hobart. The RACT is investigating ways in which we can once again get this issue to the fore. We’re undertaking some research ourselves into possible solutions and we’re looking at innovative approaches such as traffic priority for cars with three or more occupants. The problems we’re facing now can only be expected to get worse, and they can be sheeted home to governments 30 or 40 years ago, who failed to take bold decisions when they could, leaving us all trying to find solutions caused by their lack of foresight. Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive
April May 2009
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