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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Why? It's a road safety issue, simple as that. Intersections with faulty traffic signals can pose significant risks of vehicle and/ or pedestrian collisions, especially if drivers make judgment er rors because of traffic lights that are not operating. Multi-vehicle collisions from adjacent or opposing directions often lead to substantial damage or injury. According to departmental statistics supplied to the Road Safety Task Force board, of which RACT is a member, 18% of fatalities and 40% of serious injuries to 30 June 2009 were in a speed zone of 60 km/h or less. Non-operating traffic signals remain a priority of the R ACT's Souther n Advisory Committee. Some of the problems of older-generation lamps failing will be addressed in the progressive roll-out of new traffic signal technology, as promised by the Tasmanian Gover nment in its 2008 Budget. We look forward to this happening sooner rather than later -- and we hope that the roll-out is not based on simply replacing lamps with the new technology, as old lights fail! The primary focus of this community- based group is to lobby government for legislative changes, with the aim of dramatically reducing road traum a in Tasmania. We came together after the awful events of 9 July and decided that, as a collective and committed group of citizens, we could make a difference. One of the group's key strategies is to use a grass-roots approach to changing driver attitude through community input and involvement. This is done through our website, our Facebook site and via email. Since the group's inception, a considerable number of contributions have been made by a wide range of concer ned citizens. These contributions have influenced the recommendations currently being developed, which will be presented to government. One of the fundamental beliefs of the group is the important role the community has in reducing the unacceptable death rate on our roads. People must want greater improvement before it can occur. An honest self- ex amination of our ow n driving skills and attitudes can be the first fundamental step. Alongside this, the government's role in developing appropriate and well- constr ucted legislation is the cornerstone to shifting social expectations and behaviours. This legislation must reflect all of the aspects of road safety and contain a view that projects well into the future. There is no better time than in the lead- up to a state election to increase the chances of this happening. Road safety is a big political issue and will become more significant as we approach the March elections. Ask your local candidates where they stand on road safety refor ms and let them know how important it is to you. The voice of the people at this critical time should not be underrated. The Group's motto is 'Road Safety -- Everyone's Responsibility'. If you believe you have something to offer in support of our endeavours, please have your say through the following channels: Facebook: Road Safety Action Group Email: roadsafetyactiongroup@google. com Mail: PO Box 303, North Hobart 7002 Online: w w w.roadsafetyactiongroup.org Road Safety Action Group Report by Ann-Marie Johnson If you obser ve faulty traffic lights, you can report them by phoning the traffic signals fault line, 24 hours a day -- call 1300 139 933. Faulty traffic lights need to be reported Dangerous driving -- it's your call! Tasmania Police officers are always looking for new ways to improve safety on the roads -- and the initiative that encourages drivers to report dangerous or risky driving via a mobile hot-line is one of them. "We have a greater chance of safer roads if everyone plays a role," Acting Commissioner Dar ren Hine says. "If licence plate numbers are provided, our officers are able to question drivers about their behaviour -- and all reports will be followed up." As an R ACT member, you can play your part when you obser ve dangerous driving or risky behaviour on the roads. For the sake of safer Tasmanian roads -- (if you are driving, pull over first before using your mobile!) report bad drivers on 131 444. It's your call! In our community 9 December 09 / January 10
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