We've just returned from a School Holiday period in Queensland, and in most of Australia. In Queensland questions are being asked as the road toll over this two week period was 21 dead, with 10 of them dying on Queensland roads this past weekend.
Here's a table of the fatalities for Queensland, up to 6 July, 08.
Now, there's a few things which can be done to try to stop motor vehicle fatalities.
1. Ban cars. Silly as it sounds, this is the ALP we're talking about.
2. Cut motorists' speed so that everyone will be at walking pace - again, it's the ALP, anything's possible.
3. Use the motza hoovered out of motorists' pockets via speed cameras to pay for more police.
The first thing I do when I see a police car is to check my speed and be a bit more careful about driving. Perhaps if there were more police to take care of crime and the prevention of breeching of road rules there would be less fatalities due to stupidity and hooning.
There will always be deaths on the road, they cannot be stopped, particularly ones in remote areas, but a police presence will certainly make many people more cautious and aware of what they are doing when driving their cars.
Yeah, it appears that they're going to change the advertisements about driving safely.
That's gonna work! Like all the fines, etc.
Boy on a bike has commented about the "pucker factor" of a copper just standing by your car (or passing in the other direction in a marked car) - you really do pay more attention after you see them!