The Road Ahead : February 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2013 62 MOTORING | ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES ARE important. They create They improve the efficient movement of people and goods. They set boundaries beyond which there are consequences. They create certainty so people can drive with confidence and peace of mind. They even save lives. When people ignore the rules, all of these benefits are jeopardised. I suspect the main reason people don't care about the road rules is that there are often no negative consequences to breaking the law. Despite the road toll, the reality is most drivers don't have crashes themselves. They get where they are going quicker, if only marginally. They rarely get caught. If they get fined, sometimes they don't pay. If they lose their licence, some drive anyway. Unfortunately, without negative consequences, this problem will never be fixed. The community relies on the police service to ensure compliance with road rules. Unfortunately, the under- resourced and hamstrung police can only do so much. We all need to take responsibility for our actions. We need to lift our game. Lead by example. Drive according to the rules. Think about others. Encourage politicians to reform the rules, improve road design and sign placement, invest in better roads and enforcement, and get serious about the consequences of breaking the law. y highways and major freight routes, opt ins back roads or the more scenic tourist routes. • If you want to drive on the highways, then maintain a constant speed because it is easier for others to pass a constantly slow vehicle than someone who speeds up when they get to an overtaking lane and slows down again when the road narrows. • If you think you are travelling at the speed limit, and you constantly have other motorists sitting on your tail, are you sure your speedo is accurate? Use your GPS to double check the accuracy of your speed reading. • Treat driving as an important job that requires full concentration rather than something we have to do to get from A to B, while we think about C. • Read a rule book if you have not done so in the past couple of years. Don't get me wrong. We all make mistakes. Our attention drifts when we are preoccupied with other things. Most of us are just plain lucky that there are no negative consequences. But next time you get behind the wheel, think about what you can do better, as an individual, to improve road safety for everyone. KEITH CASSIDY TAKES A CALL IN THE MOBILE MEMBER CENTRE, WHILE PARKED. road safety is our responsibility Keith Cassidy is the man behind the wheel of RACQ's disaster-recovery/ mobile member centre, a 20-tonne semi pulled by 460 hp prime mover. He drives thousands of kilometres every year, taking the RACQ to country towns, agricultural shows and community events. Seeing the best and worst of Queensland's roads -- and drivers -- on a daily basis, he felt compelled to put pen to paper.