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Journeys : Dec 2012 Jan 2013
December 2012 / Januar y 2013 21 T he R ACT's Norther n Regional Advisory Committee welcomed the news that work was to start, finally, on rehabilitating a notorious section of the West Tam ar Highway at Brady's Lookout, a project that is a part of the Tasmanian Gover nment's $90 million Community Roads Program. The full program list is available on w w w.dier.tas.gov.au -- just search for it by name. Other local issues raised included 'signage pollution' -- too many signs on the roads could be leading to drivers taking their focus off driving. Members also reported on the activities of the Launceston Safer Communities Partnership, an initiative of the Launceston City Council, bringing together a number of community representatives, including from the RACT. Matters under consideration by LSCP include a plan to deploy a road safety campaign at Aurora Stadium (York Park) using permanent signage. A sticker has also been designed to remind motorists to check their side mirrors for approaching cyclists before opening a car door. R ACT's Public Policy Manager Vince Taskunas also met with Tamar Bicycle Users' Group (TBUG) president Malcolm Cowan and discussed the shared aims of more courteous, safer and more road rule-compliant road users. In particular, R ACT members who ride are reminded that you must have lights on the front and rear of the bicycle and you must wear a helmet for safety's sake. Visible clothing is also highly recommended. For more infor mation on cycling see News from our Regional Advisory Committees the Tamar Bicycle Users's Group w w w.tbug.org.au Copies of the Tasmanian Cycling Code of Conduct can be obtained free of charge at R ACT branches. Our North-West Advisory Committee continues to lobby government and councils to start work on two very important local safer roads projects -- the upgrade of the Bass Highway intersection at Stanley and the Wynyard Bass Highway junctions plan. The committee is maintaining its relationship with local politicians. Recently, Hon Sue Smith MLC and Hon Ruth Forrest MLC have been guests at the committee meetings. The committee holds a strong view that, on some sections of road along the Coast, very expensive edge wire-rope barrier was being installed at locations where it may not appear necessary and, probably at the expense of audible tactile profiled line markings (edge and centre) that could provide a much larger coverage of risk reduction. Other matters under consideration include concer n s regarding driver impair ment due to prescription medication; and a joint lobbying approach with local politicians and council to address the major safety issues on Harold Street at Strahan. In the south, more than a dozen action items were on the agenda for the most recent two hour meeting of the R ACT's Souther n Regional Advisory Committee. They included the novice driver licensing review, the Lindisfarne to Flagstaff Gully link road, street lighting and the Community Roads Program project upgrade for the Arthur Highway. In discussion, community members on the committee voiced some concer n at what they termed 'tr uth in signage'. They believed the use of road work signage that slowed travel speeds when no work was under way and no workers were evidently on site, was ultimately counter- productive to the safety of road workers. Committee members also believed that when road works were planned, signage should be in stalled clearly war ning that road works would be occurring within a stated calendar period ahead. The committee also discussed the misuse of fog lights when road conditions meant they were not necessary. The committee heard that fog lights are designed to improve visibility of the road directly ahead of a vehicle in fog or hazardous weather. The Australian Road Rules state that they are not to be used at any other time. Fog lights have a low, flat, wide beam that is designed to illuminate the road ahead, below the fog or mist level. Used in clear conditions, they can blind other drivers. The committee also discussed police budget cuts. One committee member expressed concern that only four Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras were operational at the same time as the gover nment was phasing out car registration labels. Concern was expressed that the police continue to effectively target unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers by maintaining a robust ANPR camera operation in the state. Life on the move unceston t Leonards Rd 339 1119 Hobart 17 Patrick St 6234 4433 Burnie 60 Main Rd (Wivenhoe) 6431 5588 Ulverstone 1 South Rd 6425 2011 Latrobe 42 Gilbert St 6426 2999 free quotes free fresh coffee free tyre safety checks free tyre replacement guarantee* free 'total tyre care' special offers * exclusive to GT Radial car, 4WD, LT & van tyres
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