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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
About your club Patron His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood, AC President Stuart Slade Vice Presidents Peter Joyce, Kathryn Westwood Board Josephine Archer Ted Best AM David Catchpole Bruce Clark Peter Dixon Robin Holmes Chris Langdon Roger Locke Tony Stacey AM Chief Executive Officer Harvey Lennon Head Office 179-191 Murray Street, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 60 Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 Advertising Artemis Publishing Consultants Anne Shield and Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fax: (03) 6231 6322 Email: email@example.com Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2012 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: D&D Mailing Services Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 In our community A camera by any other name I f you are of a sceptical disposition when it comes to gover nment communications you should note this small vignette from this year’s Budget papers. For some time government officials have been attempting to correct organisations such as the RACT whenever we use the term ‘speed cameras’. They are, we are told, ‘road safety cameras’. So it is interesting to note in Budget Paper 2 Vol 2, Table 9.5 Traffic Policing Performance Information, the term ‘Road Safety Camera Operating Hours’ was dropped and replaced with ‘Speed Camera Operating Hours’. A win for clear and precise language, we think! Diabetes and driving T he National Diabetes Serv ices Scheme has released a new resource, Diabetes and Driving. People with diabetes should be taking extra precautions before getting behind the wheel, to be safe while driving. This resource provides a driving checklist and recommendations to avoid high or low blood sugar while driving. For a free copy of the Diabetes and Driving booklet, phone Diabetes Tasmania on 1300 136 588. Congratulations! S heffield couple Barr y and Heather Cork were among the long-ser ving R ACT members who were honoured for their 50 years of club membership at a function in Burnie recently. Mr and Mrs Cork received their 50-year membership plaques from CEO Har vey Lennon and President Stuart Slade. We acknowledge and thank all those members from around the state for their loyalty to the R ACT for five decades and more. New speed camera operating criteria available to public New online guidelines about the operation of speed cameras in Tasmania (always a controversial subject) could lead to a better understanding of the enforcement of relevant legislation. The Speed Camera Operating Criter ia document discusses a range of issues such as: • How sites are selected • Guidelines for camera deployment • Camera activ ities in areas such as school zones and road works • Nomination of speed camera sites by the public • Speed camera tolerance It clearly states that ‘there is only a small speed tolerance level set by the Assistant Commissioner of Crime and Operations which will apply to all speed camera deployments.’ Tasmania Police says throughout the document that the philosophy behind speed cameras is all about ‘changing driver behaviour’: The use and placement of the speed cameras throughout the state must be consistent to ensure that the g uiding principles associated with ‘ justice’, ‘fair ness’ and ‘equity’ are applied. The Speed Camera Operating Criter ia document outlines the criter ia of suitable sites from which speed cameras may be operated and defines the guidelines for the deployment of speed cameras. The full document is available for download on the Tasmania Police website at http://w w w.police.tas.gov.au /wh at-we-do/ road-safety/speed-camera-operating-criter ia / August / September 2012 5
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