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Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say - with Paul Gover

RE­MOTE KEY IS­SUES

HAV­ING also paid a lot for a re­place­ment Ford re­mote some years ago, I have just bought two new ones from Statewide Lock­smiths in Ring­wood for $88 each. They are the same as the Ford ones. Statewide took no more than two min­utes to pro­gram both to my Ford XR6.

John Beni­son, North Ring­wood They will get a lot of calls now from peo­ple with re­mote key dra­mas.

CAN­DID ON CAM­ERAS

I HAVE lis­tened for years to the po­lice and politi­cians talk about speed cam­eras not be­ing a rev­enue-rais­ing tool.

The road toll has not moved much over the past 10 years, yet man­u­fac­tur­ers and the pub­lic have em­braced ex­pen­sive safety fea­tures in cars.

I be­lieve these have helped ex­po­nen­tially with the road toll and to a lesser ex­tent driver train­ing.

Is any­one go­ing to have the tenac­ity to say: ‘‘Yes, we agree, spend­ing many thou­sands of ad­di­tional dol­lars on your new or used car pur­chase will help save lives and yes go easy on the ac­cel­er­a­tor’’ in­stead of blurt­ing out ‘‘Speed cam­eras save lives’’ when­ever the is­sue is raised.

I drive about 800km a week and see a lot of un­skilled/un­e­d­u­cated driv­ers do­ing silly things.

I don’t pro­fess to be a great driver, but I am a good driver and would be happy to pay speed­ing fines if the money is go­ing to ed­u­cate in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers with ad­di­tional pro­grams etc.

I don’t have a gripe with speed cam­eras as I have had only two fines in the past five years or so.

I am happy speed cam­eras are do­ing a lit­tle bit to make our roads safer, but in re­al­ity I be­lieve the safety fea­tures and en­gi­neer­ing prac­tices are bet­ter in mod­ern cars and these are the main con­tribut­ing fac­tors with low­er­ing the road toll.

Michael Becker, email

Spot on.

Cheaper: a reader has bought two re­place­ment re­motes.

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