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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Tribute – Noel McCreary It is with great sadness that we record the passing in November 2010 of Noel McCrear y, a former Chairman and member of the R ACT’s Nor thern Regional Advisor y Committee (NRAC) from 1978 until 1991. He was a genuine and enthusiastic supporter of the Committee in representing the interests of motorists in Northern Tasmania. Noel had a close association with the R ACT through his involvement in the insurance industr y, being the first manager of Club Motor Insurance, which prov ided insurance for R ACT members. He was involved in the establishment of the RACT’s branches at Launceston, Devonport, Bur nie and Queenstow n. Noel was well-regarded in the motoring industry and the community for his role in the establishment and leadership of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board. Noel also achieved 50 years of membership of the Club which was recognised in 2008. We extend our sincere condolences to his family. Credit cards, store cards, loyalty cards – we all have a bucketload of them clogging up our purses and wallets. But a dr iver’s licence is one card that you shouldn’t leave at home – indeed it should take pride of place among all your other cards. Not only is it the most convenient form of identification for any number of government agencies, banks, businesses and an R ACT Roadside call, it is the first thing a police officer will ask you to produce during a roadworthy check. So, save yourself time and embarrassment by always keeping it where it’s easily accessible. You could save money too – because failure to produce your licence when requested can result in a $50 traffic infr ingement notice! May I see your licence please? Look ahead, slow down – and save a pedestrian Kelly Cordwell In 2010, six pedestrians were killed on Tasmanian roads. This was twice as many as in the prev ious year, and made up just under 20% of all road deaths on our roads for the year. Statistics indicate that male pedestrians are more likely to be involved in a collision with a vehicle. The most vulnerable groups are 5-9 year olds, due to them darting across the roadway – and those aged 21-34, due to the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol use is a contributing factor in 55% of pedestr ian collisions. Pedestrians aged 65 years or older are the group least likely to be involved in a fatality, however unfortunately these pedestrians are more vulnerable to serious injury and death when struck by a vehicle. All drivers have a responsibility for the safety of themselves and other road users – but some pedestr ians place themselves at unnecessar y r isk by crossing at inappropr iate locations. Dr ivers need to be aware of the environment, always scanning the roadway, footpaths and driveways for potential hazards. Look as far in front as possible and use your peripheral vision. Anticipating potential dangers can increase your reaction time, therefore limiting the speed at which a pedestr ian is struck. This in turn reduces the severity of injury and can increase a pedestrian’s chance of survival. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 65 km/h has an 85% chance of being killed. Highways and country roads pose the greatest risk to pedestrians, due to lack of lighting and an absence of footpaths. In these higher speed zones, drivers are less likely to see a pedestrian and the time to stop is greatly increased. Always check an intersection for pedestr ians before travelling through it, even if the pedestrian light is flashing red or has already turned red. The mental trauma caused to a driver who hits a pedestrian is immeasurable, even if the pedestrian survives. So the message is simple – slow down, be aware of what is occurring around you, and keep a look-out for one of the most vulnerable of all road users, the pedestrian. Constable Kelly Cordwell works with the Tasmania Police Accident Investigation Unit, based in southern Tasmania. Her work can be physically demanding and emotionally challenging – she and Sergeant Rod Carrick have the task of piecing the crash details together and providing answers to the families of crash victims. In our community 8 June / July 2011
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