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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Time to get repeat offenders off the roads, says the RACT T he recent revelation by Tasmania Police that 24 unlicensed or disqualified drivers were caught drink-driving over the Christmas period highlights the problem of anti-social and recidivist behaviour on Tasmanian roads. Authorities have been concerned for many years about the impact of a small number of anti-social road users on the safety of the majority of law abiding and responsible motorists. RACT CEO Harvey Lennon says that many of the dangerous situations that occur on our roads involve a sm all number of people who are repeat offenders, disqualified drivers, or drivers of unregistered vehicles. We’ve been told that in serious crashes last year such drivers have been prominent in the statistics,” Mr Lennon says. “ We also know that fatalities last year included drivers who fall into this categor y, involving factors such as failing to wear a seatbelt, dr unkenness, and dr ivers who were disqualified or unlicensed.” Around 60 drivers of unregistered vehicles were caught in a relatively short period last year through the use of automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR cameras). “We call on the Government to make available exactly how many ser ious injur y crashes in 2011 involved unlicensed drivers, repeat offenders, or unregistered vehicles,” Mr Lennon says. “Law-abiding and responsible motor ists feel aggrieved when they are targeted by a generic approach to road safety, such as last year’s proposal by the Government to introduce a blanket speed reduction on rural roads. They are paying the penalty of the reckless behaviour of a relatively few road users.” The R ACT says the Gover nment should convene a multi- disciplined task force with medical, behavioural, enforcement and legislative input to consider the issue of recidivist behaviour on the roads. It should also undertake research into the solutions adopted in other national and international jur isdictions. “It appears that enforcement and legislative measures are not deterring repeat offenders, whether they are disqualified or unlicensed, dr ink dr ivers, dr iving unregistered vehicles,or people who repeatedly flout the law and endanger other road users,” Mr Lennon says. “So on behalf of all responsible and law-abiding drivers, we call on the Government to take steps to break the recidivist dr iver demographic.” What do you think? Have your say on the R ACT Community blog at www.ract.com .au The classic lines of this intricately-detailed Holden FB Standard Station Wagon take us back to the carefree days of the 1960s, when the traditional Aussie wagon became part of our nation’s outdoor culture and colourful motoring history. www.topgear.com.au We have a model to give away. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Holden, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7000. Entries close on 5 March. Life on the move February / March 2012 31 5% OFF* across the store *Excludes advertised specials & benchmark trade specials as displayed in store. Call 6234 3021 95-97 Brisbane St, Hobart. Opposite K & D Warehouse
Apr May 2012