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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
From the President ç On the cover Fifty years of the iconic E-Type. Read more on page 25. JUNE /JULY 2012 50 years of cool – an E-Type love affair page25 Thefriendlyfacesof Burma page 18 In our last edition of Journeys we asked members to ‘dob in a dud road’. There has been a strong response on the RACT Community blog, confirming our view that our road infrastructure is under strain because of a lack of maintenance funding. From Wilmores Lane near Longford to Bicheno Street at Clifton Beach, Tasmanians have so far dobbed in more than 50 roads and junctions where they believe remedial work needs to be undertaken. Comments typically refer to poor line markings, pot holes, bitumen breaking up and outright disrepair on national, state and council roads. The RACT will collate all the infor mation provided by our bloggers and will take up the issues with the relevant agencies responsible for the roads in question. Roads receiving the most adverse comment include the Midland Highway, the Mud Walls Road from the Midland Highway to Richmond, the Richmond Road itself and the West Tamar Highway around Brady’s Lookout. But many other countr y, city and suburban roads have been cited on the RACT blog as requiring better maintenance, repairs and upgrading. Many comments note increasing traffic volumes and many refer to attempts to bring issues to the attention of councils and gover nment officials, without an adequate response. Here are just a few of the comments we received: Gosh, all the roads in the state need an upgrade, in particular the Midland Highway! Lawrence Vale Road in South Launceston is in a dreadful state, especially close to High Street. There are no central or edge line markings, the edges are crumbling. A number of guideposts are missing and there are no safety barriers despite there being a steep drop at the roadside. What an embarrassment large sections of the Midland Highway are. As part of the National Highway Network it is a disgrace. It’s a sad day when the local secondary road from Evandale via Nile to Conara Junction is a much safer and more pleasurable drive than the majority of the Midland Highway. Dobina dud road – a big response online In our community It is almost one year into the global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Our Asian counterparts are already taking significant steps toward their goals of reducing road-crash related deaths and injuries. But much more needs to be done if countries are to meet the ambitious goals set as part of the Decade of Action – particularly as the number of people driving cars and motorcycles in this region continues to rise dramatically each year. These were just some of the conclusions reached by the 230-plus road safety practitioners from government, business and civil society groups who gathered in March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand for the fifth annual Global Road Safety Partnership Asia Road Safety Seminar. This non-profit GRSP was initiated by the World Bank Group in 1999 and its members are leading multi and bi-lateral development agencies, gover nments, businesses and community organisations. They are governed through a constitution approved by a steer ing committee of members. The GRSP is hosted by the Inter national Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies. The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile is a civil society partner of the GRSP. Worldw ide, about 1.3 million people lose their lives each year in road accidents, and as many as 20-50 million are injured. About 10 million of these are children. That equates to someone being killed or seriously injured on roads every six seconds. Road accidents and injuries are like a silent epidemic. If we do nothing, by 2030 road deaths could rank fifth in ter ms of global epidemics, surpassing HIV/AIDS. Like many Australians, I believe doing nothing is not an option. Throughout Australia, the Decade of Action for Road Safety gives us all the ideal opportunity to focus on this problem and put in place measures that will make roads across our region safer and ultimately save lives. Through the R ACT’s three active Regional Advisor y Committees, your club is always assessing potential road safety issues and making recommendations that are forwarded to government agencies for consideration. On many occasions the R ACT is approached in the first instance. Although the R ACT, along with our Australian sister clubs, is totally committed to the Decade of Action’s objectives, the challenge for us is to ensure that all levels of government and other road safety stakeholders are equally committed. Stuart Slade President & Chairman of the Board 4 June / July 2012
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