The Road Ahead : August 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 12 COMMUNITY | HAVE YOUR SAY THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2013 Ribbons in Remembrance Tragically, one of my brothers was killed in a road crash in May, and my heart goes out to all families that find themselves in the same situation. We have Pink Ribbon Day, White Ribbon Day, etc. Wouldn't it be great to have a Ribbon Day for the families of those who have lost a loved one to the road toll. These could be displayed as stickers on the cars of the families concerned. I believe the impact on other road users in seeing these ribbons may have a positive effect on their attitude on the road. I would like to start something like a Ribbon Day, but am unsure how to go about it. D. HOWARD-OSBORNE, BELMONT. EDITOR: For anyone who would like to help the writer with their Ribbon Day idea, please email your contact details which we will forward on. NO MERGING MYSTERY In response to B. Burkhardt (Apr/May). The rules regarding merging are not conflicting -- (just) confusing to some. All drivers should be aware of the road rules at all times. Merging is a simple and easy rule to follow, if a little courtesy and common sense are applied. The biggest problem with merge lanes, particularly on major roads, is that the motorists wanting to merge do so at a speed that is vastly different (to that of) approaching vehicles. G. BALFOUR, WURTULLA. TAKING TIME TURNING Why do some drivers take their time when making a turn at traffic lights? These drivers delay their take off, or move slowly. The result is other drivers behind get caught by the next red arrow. Think of the other road users. B. RAPER, VARSITY LAKES. TESTING TIMES I read with interest the letter from D. White (Apr/May). Being one of those 'senior' drivers, I endorse what he says completely. We all think because we have been driving for years that we are the best, and hate to be told otherwise. I certainly think tests for older drivers should be made compulsory, and if one is not happy about doing a test, it must mean you are uncertain about your driving skills. M. GREEN, THORNLANDS. VISIBLE POLICING BEST Whilst I agree with S. Duncombe (Apr/May), it is my considered opinion that police presence on the roads should be in the form of marked patrols, in preference to radar. Recently, whilst travelling on a divided section of the Warrego Highway between Ipswich and Gatton, I was in the company of many vehicles, including trucks. Amongst these vehicles was a marked general duties police car. Not one driver put one foot out of line. I have been convinced for more than 30 years that this strategy (of visible policing) is superior. R. WARD, GLAMORGAN VALE. HAVE YOUR SAY: EMAIL ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX 3257 1863. MAIL THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY AND SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN 120 WORDS. editor's note SOUND ADVICE Noel Whittaker's Dollars & $ense column ('Property investors beware') last issue certainly made for interesting reading. Noel warned of the dangers of property investment spruikers, explaining how they make their pitches (particularly to 'mum and dad' investors). His sage words struck a chord with readers. One letter, from a senior financial planner, read: "I think you summed it up perfectly, the coming crisis will be massive, especially as many people are being sucked into using their super to enter inappropriate gearing within an SMSF environment." And another: "We met someone (who) encouraged us to invest in the US properties market. We lost our entire retirement and medical fund between 2009 and 2012. I am sure this catastrophe would not have happened if we had read and listened to advice from people like you." As someone who has been in the workforce more than 40 years, I'm well aware how hard it is to save for future retirement, with my superannuation (like most other people's) riding a financial rollercoaster in recent years. But, while it's one thing to take a hit due to circumstances beyond your control (think GFC), it's another thing altogether to be ripped off through some get-rich-quick scheme. The old maxim "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" is well worth remembering. Barry Green LIGHTS TOO DISTRACTING Why it is that police, having pulled over some recalcitrant motorist and clear of the driving lane, continue to operate their red and blue flashing lights during the booking procedure? This is a dangerous distraction to drivers passing by -- they instinctively slow up and 'rubber neck', following drivers do the same and, before you know, there's a nose-to-tail collision or, at best, a near miss. J. GENGE, CAIRNS.