Comend­able at­ti­tude

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I READ with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle by An­gelique Pat­ter­son an­nounc­ing the ar­rival of Se­nior Con­sta­ble Stephen James.

His at­ti­tude to­wards speed­ing, drinkdriv­ing and the use of mo­bile phones is com­mend­able.

His de­sire to make the roads safe is one shared by the pop­u­la­tion at large.

How­ever, re­cently driv­ing into Port Dou­glas I no­ticed a speed cam­era po­si­tioned in David­son St.

It was in an area that to the best of my 24 years ac­quainted with Port Dou­glas has never been as­so­ci­ated with an ac­ci­dent.

I couldn’t help but think this was bla­tant rev­enue-rais­ing and that speed cam­eras - if they are ac­tu­ally to be used to save lives and re­duce ac­ci­dents - should be placed in high-risk ar­eas such as the in­ter­sec­tion of Port Dou­glas Rd and the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

Ide­ally to me, ev­ery “sta­tis­ti­cal con­vic­tion” should ac­tu­ally make our roads safer.

Even more ideal would be to place speed cam­eras in high-risk ar­eas to­gether with signs no­ti­fy­ing driv­ers of their place­ment.

While this would not be help­ful for rev­enue-rais­ing, it would def­i­nitely achieve the stated goal of mak­ing roads safer.

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