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Journeys : Feb March 2011
10 February / March 2011 Street-smart Opinion Shaun Lennard We asked : Are there any worn-out or faded line markings in your local area and does this affect your driving? They’ve just recently done our markings and it is a lot better for driving. It was faded before but you can still see the faded ones under the new ones. Bonnie Chorley Low Head Most are fine but a couple of streets have no markings at all and you can’t see round the corner, so you’re not sure if the car coming is going to be on the correct side. Stevie Carr George Town Not actually where I live but I drive around and see a lot of them. It doesn’t really affect my driving because I try to stick to my side of the road. Andrew Manners Sandy Bay Most of them are pretty good near where we are. There’s one marking that’s a bit confusing about whether you can actually cross it or not. It’s where the shops are and it’s a solid line so it looks like you’re not supposed to go into the shops. Katy Todd Lindisfarne It definitely affects it and sometimes it is confusing. There’s a solid line wor n out so it doesn’t look solid anymore. A lot of country roads don’t have any markings so it can be dangerous – people think they can overtake on the crests of hills. My road is pretty terrible. Michael Pepper South Launceston Especially in the rain and dark it certainly does affect my driving. I don’t like it when they come along and strip away the old lines and put on the new ones. You can’t tell which is which and they’re slipper y on a bicycle. Chris Herbert Lenah Valley In our community Shaun Lennard is president of the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council (TMC) and a member of both the Road Safety Advisory Council and the Australasian College of Road Safety. He is also chairman of the Australian Motorcycle Council and chairs the national Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee. This opinion piece represents the views of the TMC only. The Tasmanian Motorcycle Council does not support the proposed reduction of the rural default speed limit on sealed roads to 90km/h, but does support the plan for unsealed roads. Speed limits can be a tricky subject to comment on. There is no doubt that in a crash, speed plays a major role in the level of injur y. But depending on which study you read, the human body is in ser ious trouble above around 40km/h anyhow, so we’re not convinced that travelling at 90 is going to make that much of a difference compared to 100. Isn’t it better to focus on measures that should reduce the number of crashes that occur? So great has the focus on speed become in Australia that the draft 2011-2020 National Road Safety Strategy has speed as a new fourth pillar, alongside safer vehicles, safer roads and safer road users. Previously, speed was an element relevant to each of these three headings – is it appropriate to make it a standalone? Reducing speeds won’t reduce crashes – it’s a ‘we give up’ measure aimed at reducing the impact of crashes. The TMC is very much focused on improving road safety, however we’d rather see greater effort on crash reduction – through safer roads, safer vehicles and safer road users. There seems to be a lot happening with safer roads and vehicles, but where are the initiatives to make dr ivers safer? Photos and interviews: Margie Law
Apr May 2011