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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
6 December 2010 / January 2011 In our community RACT’s CEO appointed to new Tasmanian road safety body Are you a casual motorist? Safer driving at intersections can reduce the risk of crashes where many occur. Betty Parssey from the RACT’s Southern Regional Advisory Committee writes: As the driver, do you switch on the ignition and engage your brain? Do you drive to survive or are you a casual motorist? Think about it: Do you approach traffic lights hoping the lights will remain green? OR Approach the lights decreasing speed, ready to brake if the lights turn amber? When the traffic light turns green do you proceed through the intersection? OR Quickly glance for the inattentive driver on the left or right? Do you enter an intersection expecting all opposing traffic has stopped? OR Exercise vigilance and always check the opposing traffic? When a motorist makes a dangerous or discourteous manoeuvre affecting you, do you just mutter and continue safely? OR Get annoyed and react in a similarly dangerous manner? In congested traffic situations, do you adjust your speed to allow traffic to merge? OR Increase your speed and drive on regardless, avoiding eye contact? We’ve all witnessed the absent- minded driver who is oblivious to the lights, or a motorist travelling in a one-way street in the wrong direction. We must drive to expect the unexpected! The Tasmanian Government recently announced the formation of a major new body, the Road Safety Advisory Council. Tasmania’s Infrastructure Minister Lara Giddings said the consolidated advisory body would replace the current Tasmanian Road Safety Council and the Road Safety Task Force. The R ACT was previously a member of both and we are pleased to report that our incoming CEO Harvey Lennon will represent the Club on the new council. Harvey joins the independent Chair, former fire chief John Gledhill, and members Darren Hine, Commissioner of Tasmania Police; Norm McIlfatrick, Secretar y of DIER; Allan Garcia, CEO of the Local Government Association of Tasmania; Shaun Lennard, President of the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council and Liam Correy, President of Bicycle Tasmania. The Council w ill oversee the development and implementation of policy, community and school-based education. It will also monitor and provide advice on initiatives under the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007 – 2016. The RACT looks forward to this opportunity to continue to represent members’ interests as part of the new Advisory Council. A link to the terms of reference for the new Advisor y Council is on the R ACT’s website: www.ract.com.au/news_and_issues Recent speed limit reductions in Southern Tasmania have come at a cost to a number of motor ists who have told R ACT they have received unexpected speeding infringement notices. It is up to motorists to ensure that they are travelling within the speed limits to avoid having to pay substantial fines and accr ue demerit points. We remind motorists using the Channel Highway through Taroona that the speed limit between Oakleigh Avenue and Bar inga Road has been reduced recently to 50 km/h. It is quite easy, however, to find yourself drifting towards 60 km/h (the old speed limit) on some of the less-winding sections. The whole of the wharf area around Hobar t’s waterfront is a 30 km/h zone, reflecting the shared nature of the area and the increased number of pedestrians, cyclists and commercial vehicles. In addition, a 40km/h limit operates twenty-four hours a day across Battery Point and throughout the main town area of Kingston, including Church Street. These speed limits are being enforced, so take extra care to avoid increasing your risk of a crash – because speeding increases your risk. Where recent reductions have been made to long-established speed limits, the R ACT has urged Tasmania Police to exercise their option to issue a caution notice to motorists where possible. This is, of course, not an option when a photographic speed detection device is being used. With proposals on the table for significant speed limit reductions in many other areas, drivers will have to get used to checking speed limits regularly to avoid inadvertently exceeding them. New speed zones catching out the unwary
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011