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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Your views More consideration please! For some time now I have noticed the lack of respect for the elderly and disabled who use disability scooters and electric wheelchairs, and also mothers with prams, by drivers who park on footpaths, blocking pedestrian access. My partner has MS and sometimes has to use a mobility scooter and there are another three in the area. Not only do we have to dodge wheelie-bins once a week but we are also forced to go onto dangerous roads to get around the growing number of cars and trucks parked on footpaths. I have found that builders are the worst offenders and when I ask if they can move their vehicles they usually refuse quite rudely. As Regulations 197 and 198 of the Traffic (Road Rules) Regulations state, drivers must not stop on a path, dividing strip or nature strip; or obstruct access to and from a footpath, driveway etc. People should be more considerate of elderly and disabled people by not parking on footpaths. Terry Jenson Burnie We’re just plain careless, rude and aggressive Ifully endorse a 50 km/h speed limit in all built-up areas in Australia. It worked well in the UK. A 75 km/h limit could remain on what may be considered partly built-up areas. As for the upper speed limit, 100 km/h is too low, although it is useful for revenue cameras. It is too low for a number of reasons: • It seems to create drowsiness on open boring roads such as the Midland Highway (maybe this has something to do with the resonant frequencies of modern cars?) • It leads to the creation of bunches of tailgating vehicles, eventually leading to impatience and risk-taking by one dr iver in the bunch. An upper speed limit of 140 km/h would obviate both points. Finally, a great deal of nonsense gets spoken in your magazine and the local press about the poor quality of Tasmanian roads. They are excellent. It is just the fools who drive on them that are the danger. I have driven long distances in Europe and Scandinavia, on roads more bendy and narrow than here, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Asia. Tasmanian drivers are just plain careless, rude and aggressive. We don’t need to waste money on making highways ever more boringly straight – all we need is proper driver education. Then maybe the money we are wasting on unnecessary bypasses and straightening out minor bends in the road to New Norfolk could be spent improving Tasmania’s decrepit heath system. R A Findlay Montagu Bay Complacency is catching on ... The front cover of the August /September edition of Journeys features a photograph depicting two experienced boaters making good speed on their craft, with their PFDs draped over the seats. It should be reasonable to expect that more editorial care be taken to ensure that basic rules of vehicle safety are followed in all stories, especially those making the front cover of an organisation with a safety profile such as RACT presents. Failure to guard against these oversights allows complacency to be por trayed as acceptable behaviour. John McMath East Devonport ... and again The first thing I noticed when I looked at the front cover of the last issue of Journeys is that the two people in the boat are not wearing life jackets. My 11 and 12 year old noticed and asked me why a picture was being published which shows the law being broken. The life jackets sitting behind them are no big deal to wear. Sarah O’Halloran Transport WA’s website states that in Western Australian waters it is a legal requirement to carry PFDs for every person on board, but it is not compulsory to wear them. I took the cover photograph on a 30 degree day off the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia, so no law was being broken. However I knew that the image would probably be reproduced in Tasmania, where it is compulsory to wear a PFD in vessels under six metres (the boat is marginally under that length.) With hindsight, I should have asked my companions to put on their PFDs. Chris Viney Editor, Journeys Reward us too please! If the young drivers can get a reward for offence-free driving after six months on a full licence, why can’t every driver who has dr iven for five to 20-plus years offence-free get their rego road safety levy free until they commit an offence? Ron Abel Shearwater Safer driving via your iPhone? Social media could be used to improve driving skills, awareness and safety for newly-qualified drivers. Regular information, reminders and hints could be downloaded via email, mobiles, iPhone or Facebook. These could include hints for seasonal weather conditions, road r ule reminders, legislation changes, awareness on attitudes and emotions on driver safety and the promotion of RACT services. Subscr iption infor mation would be available for all R ACT members, especially young drivers. Small, regular bytes of information would encourage gradual and constant improvement in driving skills. Gail Foster Blackmans Bay Welcome to Slowbart The Hobart City Council is unilaterally looking to slow all Hobart traffic to 50km/h. This action seems to take no account that the Brooker ‘Highway’, Macquarie and Davey Streets are the only way for people to travel north-south and east-west in Hobart. I suggest that in addition to erecting the new 50 km/h signs, the council also attaches an In our community 12 October / November 2011
MNJ Aug Sep 2011