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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Patron His E xcelle nc y, the Honourable Peter Under wood, AC Preside nt Stuart Slade Vice P re sidents Peter Joyce, K athry n Westwood Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Br uce Clark, Peter Di xon, Robin Holme s, Chris L angdon, Roger L ocke, Tony Stacey AM. Chief Executive Office r Har vey Lennon Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Bra nches Hob art - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulvers tone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 King ston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chri s Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Em ail: email@example.com Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 Adver tising Artemi s Publishing Consultants Anne Shield a nd Yvon ne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fa x: (03) 6231 6322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published bi-monthly by The Roy al Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product te sting where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of R ACT. No part of Journeys may be reproduced without perm is sion. Copyright 2010 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: DMM Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 About your club Rural speed limits The R ACT has welcomed the Gover nment’s rethink on the issue of rural speed limits. R ACT members have demonstrated a clear rejection of the idea of a blanket speed reduction in a one-size-fits-all approach to rural speed limits. Now the Minister for Infrastructure David O’Byrne has indicated that any changes will occur on a case-by-case approach. The RACT advocated just such an approach in our recent submission to the Road Safety Advisory Council on r ural speed limits. Even though the Government now appears to be stepping back from a blanket reduction of rural speed limits, the RACT has differed from the Government position that ‘strong evidence’ exists to support widespread rural speed limit reductions. An RACT analysis of DIER crash data earlier this year showed that by far the biggest contributor to rural road crashes is driving w ithout due care and attention, followed by dr ugs and alcohol use. Exceeding the speed limit is one of many factors identified in rural road crashes but it is a minor one compared to lack of due care and attention. Road and vehicle defects and even fatigue and falling asleep are bigger factors in rural road crashes than speed. More than 1100 R ACT members responded to a web poll on this issue, w ith 81% register ing their opposition to a cut in rural speed limits on sealed roads from 100 km/h to 90km/h. The R ACT’s web blog also registered strong opposition to the Government’s proposal. The R ACT has championed a targeted approach to rural road safety. We believe this w ill achieve better safety outcomes. As well, we want to see greater enforcement and more educational campaigns. The RACT also wants the Gover nment to reconsider its opposition to compulsor y road safety education in schools. The R ACT is concerned about the effects of police funding cut-backs on road enforcement activities and road safety in Tasmania. In recent months, Tasmania Police has received new equipment, including high v isibility police cars and Automatic Number Plate Recog nition cameras, to assist them in the fight against the road toll. But if the Tasmania Police budget is cut, we are concer ned that these assets could simply stay in storage, or at best be under-used, with officers forced to be redeployed to other areas. We believe that any reduction of police presence on our roads is a backward step, with undoubted negative implications for road safety. One of the clear messages to emerge from the RACT’s analysis of crash data on rural roads over the past five years, as part of the current debate about speed limit reductions, is the high number of serious and fatal crashes on rural roads where alcohol and drugs are involved. In fact it is the second-largest crash-factor category, after ‘failing to drive with due care and attention’. A strongly-visible police presence on Tasmanian roads is a critical measure to address issues like these. The R ACT’s concer n about the presence of police officers on our roads follows the dow nbeat assessment of Tasmania’s finances by the Premier, the news that police recruitment has been suspended, and the announcement of a Federal review of the GST revenue-sharing arrangements. We believe that a potential further dissipation of police funding because of a reduced GST would simply exacerbate an already difficult environment. We have regularly called for incremental increases to the Tasmania Police budget – in our strongly- held view, it is simply too important to cut! Police cutbacks – what about road safety? Risky business The Motor Accidents Insurance Board is continuing its campaign to ensure that all vehicles on our roads are registered and carry third-party insurance. We’re playing our part too – you’ll see signs like these on RACT Roadside patrol vans around the state. In our community June / July 2011 5
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