ROADS DON’T KILL, DRIV­ERS DO

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

ROAD Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts de­scribes In­dian Ocean Drive as “one of WA’s most dan­ger­ous roads” (Times, Oc­to­ber 3).

One can only won­der why this road is in­deed dan­ger­ous.

Did the en­gi­neers plan “dan­ger spots”? I don’t think so.

The dan­ger is not on the road but rather on the user.

The same ar­ti­cle re­ported the lat­est ac­ci­dent “when a 70year-old man lost con­trol of a ve­hi­cle and struck a tree”.

I won­der how many other users passed the same spot on that day and did not fall into the ditch?

Why there­fore blame this spot on the road as dan­ger­ous rather than, as in this case, the “loss of ve­hi­cle con­trol”.

Again we have seen on the me­dia/news mo­torists who de­lib­er­ately dis­re­gard com­mon road rules (over­tak­ing on con­tin­u­ous dou­ble lines, ex­ces­sive speed­ing, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence).

A driver’s dis­re­gard of com­mon safety rules on the road is “the one dan­ger on WA roads”.

Don’t ma­lign the beau­ti­ful In­dian Ocean Drive. ZENEBRIO NICOLETTI, Hock­ing

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