The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has tabled a Submission to the Inquiry into progress under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.
Amongst other things it is pertinent to note that they have recommended that the point to point speed cameras that as we all know currently only target heavy vehicles, be also switched to target passenger vehicles as well. Point five of their submission reads as follows;
5. Activate point to point cameras for all road users
RACS supports increasing point to point camera infrastructure and standardising use for passenger and heavy vehicles across all jurisdictions. This infrastructure should encompass major whole of road corridor, not just black spots. Current jurisdictional variances 10, 11 mean where cameras exist not all vehicle types are being monitored although this could be face lifted with the press of a button. If the technology is available to target speed and significantly reduce the road toll, it should be utilised. Public safety, reduction in road deaths and serious injury through all available technologies should take precedence over jostling for political gain.
This is something that many in our industry have long campaigned for all the while recognising the apparent hypocrisy of governments that spruke their care for road safety to all and sundry. But yet apparently they simply don’t have the political will to introduce this major piece of infrastructure that has cost the tax payer millions and millions to slow down an industry that is not “at fault” in between 87 and 92% (dependant on whom you listen to) of fatal road crashes.
In 2015 a letter was sent to the Premier Mike Baird addressing the same issue but no.
One must therefore truly wonder when successive governments have been told, time and time again, about switching them over but alas, perhaps it all just comes down to the fact that there are way more passenger vehicle drivers that are voters than heavy vehicle drivers.
Read the entire report updated-120134_2018_04_19_sub_national_road_safety_strategy_inquiry
Credit: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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