Readers have their say about everything on wheels
LAST month on the outskirts of Albury I saw a car on the side of the road in black camouflage.
It appeared to be a mid-sized diesel SUV and the front had two openings like a BMW. I realised later I should have stopped and asked a few questions.
Ron Russell, Albury Now you’ve got us wondering. It could have been almost anything, including the coming replacement for the BMW X3. Next time please, please pull out a camera.
DO IT LEGALLY
THERE is nothing wrong with hotting-up cars and driving them fast — it is it in an uncontrolled manner on public roads where a lot of people could get hurt that gives us the trouble.
Why not redirect these ‘‘hoons’’ to the appropriate motorsport club? This would give the clubs a healthy injection of numbers, enthusiasm and funds, while providing a safe outlet for these tendencies among our young people.
And the young would undoubtedly improve their driving skills so they could drive on normal roads in a safe and responsible manner, which would benefit us all.
Paul Ostaff, email It’s a great idea and something being pushed by driver-education groups. Drag racing at Calder Park has been a huge success over several years. But, as always, there is no support from government.
OUT OF THE PICTURE
SPEED cameras can be shown, by analysing the road toll figures in Victoria since 1970, to have no effect on the toll. This is impartial analysis, not hype or opinion.
Also, the propaganda that ‘‘speed kills’’ is not only demonstrably false but also may contribute to frustration by motorists who travel in the right lane at or below the speed limit secure in the knowledge they are saving other people’s lives. Road deaths increased from 1950-1970 when a concerted publicity campaign began to cut the toll.
Since then we have had seat belts and 0.05 introduced. Over that time road deaths have steadily de- creased. In 1989 speed cameras were introduced. However, the rate of decrease has not changed.
One conclusion — speed cameras are not effective in reducing the road toll.
With speed cameras there is no significant decrease in the number of non-compliers. Conclusion — speed cameras do not reduce the incidence of people speeding.
Better road engineering and an increase in the safety features in vehicles will lead to a decrease in road deaths as the distance of improved roads increase and safer vehicles increase their proportion in the fleet.
What aspects of driving are unsafe? Tailgating, unsafe lane-changing, erratic speed changes, failure to indicate, unroadworthy vehicles, unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers — and of all these, cameras only detect speed.
Get off the road: a reader suggests a way to stop hoon drivers.