The Road Ahead : December January 2008
Easier with E toll TOURISM AWARD WINNERS AUSTRALIA Zoo was honoured at the Queensland Tourism Awards, announced last month in Townsville, taking out the award for major tourism attraction. The iconic attraction was recognised for being an inspiration to others in the industr y and for continually focusing on the future by incorporating new attractions. This year's awards attracted more than 200 entries across MORE than 80 percent of motorists pay cash at the Gateway and Logan toll booths, according to market research conducted by Queensland Motor ways. But Queensland Motor ways says there is an easier way, with the electronic E toll system providing benefits for all motorists, not just daily users of the toll road network. E toll allows motorists to drive through dedicated lanes l on the entire Queensland Motor way road network without stopping. It can also be used on any toll road in Australia. To set up an E toll account, you need $25 in prepaid tolls. l There is no lock-in contract, the transponder is supplied deposit-free and there is no minimum usage required for the system. To set up an account, visit etoll.com.au or call 1300 038 655. u Stability saves lives Up in smoke PUBLIC comment is being sought on possible new reforms to Queensland's smoke-free laws. One of the reforms to be examined is the proposal to ban smoking in private vehicles carr ying children under 16. Members of the public can have their say on this and other smoking law issues at getinvolved.qld.gov.au. Submissions close on Januar y 31, 2008. SHORT CUTS 4 DEC 07/JAN 08 A STUDY conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has confirmed Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems reduce the risk of single vehicle crashes by 28 percent. ESC also reduces the risk of injur y by 30 percent across all vehicle types. The study, commissioned by 13 state and federal road agencies and automobile clubs (including RACQ), was the first to analyse the 'real world' per formance of ESC systems in reducing crash risk. The study analysed the crash patterns of ESC-equipped vehicles involved in crashes in Australia and New Zealand between 2001 and 2005 and compared them with vehicles without ESC that crashed during the same period. The study has renewed calls on vehicle manufacturers to fit ESC to all vehicles sold in Australia. 26 categories. Far nor th Queensland took home the highest number of awards, winning six of the 26 categories, closely followed by Townsville and Gold Coast regions, each with five awards. All Queensland Tourism Awards winners will progress to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be presented in Canberra on Februar y 29, 2008.
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