by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Your views In our community Fair go for older drivers Medical tests for older drivers are still required in Tasmania but not in other states. Why do we still have to go through this when statistics show that older drivers are not high in accident figures? Frank Lucas Kingston Signs of the times Who is responsible for the cleaning of street and road signs throughout the state? It seems nobody bothers to maintain the sig ns by removing the patina of dust, mildew and mud on a reg ular planned basis. At present the only way to get a clear sign is to wait until someone destroys it and a replacement is erected. Visitors to Tasmania must think we are a dirty lot if we don’t keep our signs clean. Ian Stedman Launceston Keep to the left While touring New Zealand recently we noticed that rental cars had a sticker on the dash panel saying KEEP LEFT, with left-pointing arrow. Wouldn’t the same practice here help in reducing the accidents and road toll of our overseas visitors, who are so used to driving on the right-hand side of the roads? Tricia Wylie Bellerive Put your lights on! Why is it that so many drivers are oblivious to their invisibility when driving in winter, in rain and especially in fog? It costs nothing to turn your lights on, and I mean full lights, as parkers are useless. It doesn’t drain your battery and doesn’t do anything bad to your engine. But it could save you from causing an accident. Just because you can see, doesn’t mean you can be seen – no matter what colour your car is. Alison Carter Lalla Tow-bar trauma Reversing in a multi-storey car park in Burnie, I thought I had allowed enough clearance but a protruding tow bar damaged my car. In the same car park a couple of days later I happened to walk past another vehicle, with its tow bar protruding well over the parking line. I thought ‘This is waiting to catch someone.’ I had only just walked past when I heard an almighty bang – looking back, a car driven by an unfortunate lady had hit the tow bar. Her front fender was extensively damaged and as far as I was concerned she was innocent of any incompetence or fault, because all she did was move over a little to let another vehicle pass. The gloomy light in the car park did not help the situation. On a quick walk around the car park I found four other offending tow bars, most on 4WDs. I assume this type of accident is not uncommon and I am suggesting that as the tow bars are getting heavier, sturdier and longer, perhaps it may be worth considering having these accessories painted in a day-glo paint so they can be seen. Plus if you walk into one with your shins, they hurt like hell! John Matic Burnie The friction question In the April/May edition of Journeys it was reported that ‘the East Tamar, Tasman and Brooker Highways were assessed as high risk over their entire lengths. This was based on the total number of casualty crashes over a given length of road.’ It is well-recognised that the accident risk increases as road surface friction decreases. Road author ities aim to set higher friction standards on higher-risk roads, those with higher friction demand. However the risk considered in the setting of these friction standards is in terms of the number of wet-road accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres. As a consequence of this equal-risk policy, the friction standards set for heavily- trafficked roads with good alignments, such as the Brooker Highway, are likely to be lower than those set for a relatively lightly- trafficked winding rural road. The higher accident rates per kilometre on heavily- trafficked roads is an almost unavoidable outcome of the equal-risk policy. The policy seems admirable from an equity point of view, however the degree to which it is applied is questioned. An alternative policy would be to minimise the total number of accidents and thereby reduce community costs. Such a policy is likely to lead to the use of higher-friction standards for the heavily-trafficked roads. There has been a reluctance by state road authorities in Australia to bring the issues of road accident rates and road surface friction to the public’s attention. DIER is more open than most. In consequence of this silence, very substantial policy issues in which the community should be involved, such as equal risk versus minimum accidents, have never been given a public airing. Ralph Rallings 12 August / September 2012
Jun Jul 2012
Oct Nov 2012