The Road Ahead : December January 2008
Fuel price concern THE RACQ has responded cautiously to the Queensland Fuel Subsidy Inquir y's recommendation for retail price regulation through benchmarking. RACQ's external relations general manager, Gar y Fites, said the Club rejected the inquir y's suggestion of scrapping the subsidy scheme, through which the State Government rebated 8.35 cents a litre of federal excise to motorists. "We want Queensland motorists to obtain maximum value from the subsidy, free from any syphoning-off by oil companies, distributors or retailers," Mr Fites said. "The Government needs to be careful that any regulation does not end up imposing more costs on motorists, either at the pump or as taxpayers." Fixed cameras coming FIXED speed cameras this month will star t operating in three locations in the state's south-east. Cameras located nor thbound on the Bruce Highway, at Burpengar y, and at the southern approach to the Stor y Bridge, at Kangaroo Point, will operate 24 hours a day from December 14. Another camera located nor thbound on the M1, at Tarragindi, will be operating from early 2008. Police Minister Judy Spence said the cameras would be introduced as an additional tool in the fight to curb the state's rising road toll and will be clearly signed to remind motorists to drive safely. "This is about ensuring known black spots on our roads are covered -- in shor t, this is about saving lives," Ms Spence said. 6 PACK: SIX CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR ROAD TOLL FACTS Simpsons sign up CARTOON sensations the Simpsons are hitting the road in Queensland, with two new plate designs from Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ). Queenslanders will be the first drivers in the world to have Simpsons characters on their plates, with the Homer plate featuring the catch-phrase 'Mmmm ... Donuts', and the Bar t plate featuring the popular quote, 'Don't have a cow, man'. The Simpsons plates are $465 per set and the proceeds from the sale of these and other personalised plates go towards road safety activities. Visit ppq.com.au. Number plate recognition THE Queensland Parliamentar y Travelsafe committee is investigating number plate recognition technology and its potential as a tool in improving road safety. The technology uses infrared cameras and has the capacity to identify speed violations by calculating the time a vehicle takes to travel between two points, identify unregistered and stolen vehicles, and track the movement of vehicles and drivers subject to traffic cur fews. The committee will also be considering such issues as the privacy of road users. For more details, visit parliament.qld.gov.au/tsafe, or phone 3406 7908 or 1800 504 022. DEC 07/JAN 08 5 OLL FACTS . 6. 1. Stayy safe: Last yyear the number of Christmas road fatalities was 13, the same average number as the previous five holiday periods. 2. FFig ight ht ffat atig igue ue:: Ta Ta ke kea a rres estt ev ever ery ytw two oho hour urs. s. LLas astt ye year ar, ,mo most stC Chr hris istm tmas as/n /new ew year road fatalities occurred between 6am and 8am, and 10pm and midnight. 3.B Buc uckl kle eup up: :La Last sty yea ear r, ttwo woo off th the eth thre ree eoc occu cupa pant nts ski kill lled ed iin ncr cras ashe hes swe were ren not ot wearing seatbelts. 4. W Wt ath ch your speed d:S Siix peo l ple lla t st year were k kil illled diin1 100 001 -110 10k k/ m/h h zones. Three fatalities involved a speeding driver. 5. Stick to the rules: Four fatalities were related to illegal manoeuvres. 6. Watch for pedestrians: Last year, four pedestrians were killed. Source: Christmas/New Year 2006/2007 road toll in review -- Queensland Transpor t.
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