Pedestrian safety is another issue over which bossy regulators salivate - especially when it comes to school zones. Even if a school is on a busy main road, with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings galore, woe betide the motorist who travels past at 43 kmh at 9am. That's four demerit points gone and only eight left. No wonder at a recent North Shore dinner party, four of eight guests - sensible, professional married couples - had either lost or were about to lose their licences.It is most infuriating in NSW to be travelling along a major highway and have to travel through a reasonably sized town at 50kph from the outskirts (which have fixed speed cameras), downhill, on the north side to the south side (Tenterfield anyone?). If people don't want traffic travelling at 60kph through their town they should probably lobby to have the highway diverted around their town, like Armidale or Stanthorpe).
While everyone is in favour of keeping schoolchildren safe, the fact is most pedestrians killed in NSW are not children but the elderly. In a five-year study to 2000, the RTA found the number of pedestrians aged 70 to 79 killed was twice that of children aged five to 16. So maybe all those speed cameras should be outside nursing homes.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Nannying ninnies save us
I agree wholeheartedly with Miranda Divine.