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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 13 In our community of badly-printed and haphazardly- displayed notices near the northbound entrance to the Southern Outlet at the Kingston end; and the ubiquitous use of ever y available bit of grass verge along the Channel Highway as a second-hand car yard. Despite police notices advising that this is illegal, cars, boats, caravans, jet skis and motor bikes appear as distractions in our area, particularly on Fridays and all weekend. I think these are far more serious offences than the odd bumper sticker or notice in a car window – and I haven’t even got started on the visual pollution of signs at the Margate Bowls Club, which Council seems to ignore despite community representations. Pam Adams Baretta A clerk’s whim? Ifeel it is becoming increasingly obvious that the plethora of changing speed limit signage is happening overnight at the whim of some clerk sitting in front of a desk, w ith no consideration for the anguish drivers are going through, tr ying to avoid being trapped by a hidden speed camera just past the changed speed limit signs. These changes do not seem to be there to save lives but to increase state coffers. If the responsible department is genuine, it will put a ‘New speed limit ahead’ sign on the roadside, as it did recently in Leslie Vale. Why not the same in other places? For example, there are no such signs prior to Roslyn Avenue in Kingston, where I might presume most income is being generated. I’m also sorr y for the motorists who miss the new 50 sign when navigating the curves and sweeps through Taroona. Many roads had a 60 km/h limit for years and motorists who get used to that limit are easy targets. Not everybody reads the local papers and the only way to prove genuine interest is to put up the ‘New speed limit ahead’ signs. Joseph Bondin Leslie Vale Animal scarers, Lotto tickets, crows and spray-paint Unfortunately, our second animal- scaring sonic device has disappeared. The double-sided tape just doesn’t cut the mustard! However, surprise, surprise, with no devices now on the car, another unfortunate wallaby jumped out in front of me last week and I was unable to avoid him, with damage both to the wallaby and to my finances. Was it a coincidence or are these devices really effective? It is a bit like buying lotto tickets – we are not game to miss a week because, as sure as we did, our numbers would come up. So, on our next visit to town, we are going to buy another set of sonic devices, just in case they really are effective. We will try to find some that have better adhesion than those we tested. Thank you for the opportunity to be involved in your research. Imelda McShane White Beach The month was pretty much uneventful, wallabies moving off the road into the verge, bush hens scarpering, one echidna I had to pull up for and move off the road. Then there are the crows feasting on the roadkill – they wait until the last second before nonchalantly hopping just enough distance from the vehicle pathway to enable them to hop back as soon as I have passed, no matter what speed I am doing. So it has been a month with no close shaves, no hitting the anchors and no damage to w ildlife or my vehicle. I do appreciate being involved in this trial program. Mike Turner AMelbourne friend told me that on the mainland many people carry small cans of spray paint in their cars, so that when they check roadkill for young in the pouch, they spray a bright cross over the animal after moving it off the road, to let other motorists know the animal has already been checked. I think this is a great idea – it would prevent those of us who do inspect dead or injured w ildlife from stopping to look at animals that have already been checked. Grace Williams Sandford Those END signs again Iread with interest the many letters in the last edition of Journeys regarding the END limit signage across Tasmania and I wonder what, if anything, is going to be done about them. I have been operating wine tours in the Tamar Valley for more than seven years and so I have been in close contact with thousands of tourists. I would like a dollar for every tourist who complains that with these signs, drivers cannot tell what the default speed limit is. So not only do I add my concerns to those already stated, I ask, on behalf of the hapless tourist – when will something be done about it? Marcia Fawdry Launceston Bull bar danger It is wonderful to read about the efforts of ANCAP and manufacturers in making cars safer for pedestrians. Unfortunately all this good work is quickly negated with the fitting of bull bars, which can increase the damage inf licted on anyone str uck by a vehicle fitted w ith one. The thought of a small child struck by a large 4WD fitted with a bull bar is horrifying. I am continually surprised that road safety legislators appear to ignore this potential issue. Glenn Wickham Mt Nelson
Apr May 2011