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Journeys : Apr May 2012
E aster is on our doorstep and many of us will be travelling away in our cars over the break. Here’s something you can do to help fellow travellers and the R ACT – by dobbing-in a dangerous road. If you observe a section of road you think is unsafe, let the RACT know through our blog at w w w.ract.com.au. It took generations of Tasmanians to build our state’s road network and with the State Government facing a difficult financial position, we are concer ned that road maintenance funding could be affected. We believe it would be a sad commentary on our generation’s stewardship of the road network if the system went into a state of dangerous decline. Even before the Government commenced funding cut-backs in cr itical areas, we were alarmed by a multimillion dollar deficit in road maintenance across the state. So we want to enlist members’ support to highlight what needs to be done to our roadwork, and where. It’s not about building super new highways in Tasmania – just practical, common-sense maintenance work that makes our existing road system safer. We want to hear about such things such as: • Dangerous gravel shoulders where the width of the pavement is narrow and vehicles have to drive on loose gravel at the side of the road as they pass or overtake • Faded line markings that don’t show up adequately in dark or rainy conditions • Narrow roads that would benefit from the installation of ‘rumble strips’ to warn drivers they are close to the edge of the tarmac • Deep culverts and drains close to the roadside • Examples of poor advisory signage • Potholes • Road verges that fall away to an embankment with no metal guards • Posts, poles and trees that are situated too close to the road (Did you know that a large proportion of crashes are single vehicle r un-off the road incidents?) We will be seeking your blog comments until 1 June, after which we’ll use the collected data as valuable input to our own ten-year strategy for safer motoring. This strategy is currently being developed and will involve substantial research to identify what needs to be done in Tasmania to reduce road trauma. Dob-in ... a road! When is a service station drive-off not a drive-off? Probably when the customer goes to the pay station to purchase the fuel he has just pumped into his car and then leaves. But be warned! An R ACT member recently reported an incident that occurred during the New Year break. Our member had pumped $30 of fuel into his car, went to the pay station and picked up two newspapers at the same time. He told the attendant “$30 fuel and two newspapers, please,” to which the attendant replied “That will be $32.40.” Our member opted to pay by EFTPOS and declined the offer of a receipt. That done, our member continued on his mer ry way home. Ten minutes later, he was confronted by a police officer who had received a report accusing our member of a service station drive-off. The member denied the claim. He was then asked for proof in the way of a receipt. Our member had access to Netbank on his mobile phone so was able to log-in to check the details. What immediately became clear was that the attendant had been at fault by putting the incorrect amount of $2.40 through EFTPOS. The police officer referred the matter back to the service station and our member returned to pay the outstanding amount to an extremely unpleasant attendant. Our member has raised a valid issue – if this type of error is considered a drive-off and police are called, how much valuable police time is wasted, follow ing up on innocent customers? Police resources are already stretched! His other concern was the alarm that it caused both himself and his wife to have a police officer knocking on their door at 8am on a Saturday morning. “It was a quite disturbing exper ience, especially consider ing that all our three teenage children were away from home,” he said. So, next time you fill up, check the amount being processed and say ‘yes’ to a receipt – just in case! Drive you mad In our community 8 April / May 2012
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