ROADS DON’T KILL, DRIVERS DO
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 70-year-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 blame this spot on the road as dangerous rather than, as in this case, the “loss of the vehicle control”?
Again we have seen on the media/news motorists who deliberately disregard common road rules (overtaking on 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