The Road Ahead : February March 2008
FEB/MAR 08 17 Road safety worry Our road safety record is horrendous. There are a few reasons. There are still stretches of our interstate highways that are only two lanes, one each way. We should have at least four lanes. In Brisbane suburbs, you see the dangerous practice of two lanes becoming one, following an intersection. This is especially dangerous for those not familiar with the roads and at night. Some freeways around Brisbane are too narrow. It seems as if they have made a third lane where only two should fit. Drivers tend to drive way too fast when it rains. Don't they realise how slick the roads become? I would hate to see them driving in snow or on icy roads. I firmly believe our roads are ver y much to blame and I believe we should have more driver education in high school. M. Sprinkle, Everton Hills Insurance help Two days before Christmas, on our way to a major shopping centre, I was involved in a motor vehicle crash. A young man in a V8 Commodore cut in front of me on the round-a-bout and pushed me off the road. For tunately no one was hur t, although my niece, daughter and I were ver y shaken up. My first reaction was to grab my RACQ booklet out of the glove box ... and my second thought was to abuse the fool for his stupidity. RACQ's ser vice is impeccable. They called the towing ser vice, the police and I had a hire car by that afternoon. The RACQ Insurance assessor Bob Heath was fantastic in finding a business that was working over the Christmas period. Even now, after I've had my car back for two days and have found some problems, Bob has organised for the business to pick my car up. It is all the little inconveniences and finding a reliable repair business, that RACQ has managed with competence and great customer ser vice. This is my second crash in four months -- neither was my fault -- and I cannot praise the company and its employees enough. Thank you so much. I wouldn't be without it. J. Leacy, Nambour Fixed camera worry There is no doubt, the State Government employs some of the best minds available. But, when it comes to seeking out intelligent, sensible people, they missed the boat. The recent positioning of a fixed speed camera on the southern approach to the Stor y Bridge is just one of many examples of poor research and decision-making. One only has to obser ve how many motorists are avoiding being caught speeding across the main span of the bridge, where the majority of crashes happen. Motorists are simply slowing down on the approach to the Stor y Bridge and, once out of camera range, speeding up across the main span of the bridge. These "I am bullet proof thinking drivers" cannot be caught, simply due to the fact the camera is in the wrong position and, camera range is limited to the approach to the bridge. If the State Government was genuine in its campaign to reel in speeding drivers, and therefore making the Stor y Bridge safe for all motorists, it would be as simple as installing two fixed cameras on the first span of the bridge (southern approach) facing in both directions. This, I suggest, would immediately reduce the amount of crashes. The State Government would do well to enlist the ser vices of intelligent, analytic and sensible people when it comes to public safety. H. Roberts, Coorparoo Bullbar bedlam While I haven't sighted any bulls, kangaroos or other livestock on Brisbane roads since arriving from Townsville in 1991, I can only assume that city drivers of vehicles with bullbars have eyeballed such beasts. Should this not be the case, I assume that the drivers of bullbar-equipped cars must suffer psychological impairment due to the phobia of being harmed themselves. If this bullbar love af fair is so over whelming to exclude the increased danger to others, may I suggest therapy in bullbar-dedicated areas, where they can bash each other until their hear ts are content. I may even go along to watch the fun. I need a car sticker: 'Bully-bars are bonkers.' M. Glen, Chermside Editor: For writing this edition's best letter, M. Glen will receive a copy of the Beacon to Beacon Director y and the 1955 Universal Brisbane Street Director y. Beacon to Beacon is the ultimate guide to Queensland's water ways and is available at the special member price of $29.95 ($34.95 non-members). The one-off reprint of the original 1955 Universal Brisbane Street Director y features 48 colour maps, including Tram-Bus and railway routes, providing an insight into the 'Brisbane that was' (member price $25.95, RRP $29.95). Both are available from most RACQ stores and the online store at racq.com.
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