Responsibility behind wheel
I am saddened by yet another tragic car crash in Shoalwater.
I am a regular bicycle rider and walker and use the same pathway where this latest tragedy occurred.
I feel compelled to do more than send my thoughts to those affected.
These tragedies affect many people beyond the few who are directly involved.
Every one of us feels less safe just walking or riding a bicycle along a busy road.
When we cannot even feel safe walking along a quiet road where the speed limit is 50 km/h, we really have to question what is wrong.
Why are these tragedies treated as unfortunate accidents when in fact they are a confluence of negligent actions on the part of a range of people?
Why do we tolerate the ongoing carnage that amounts to the equivalent of an ongoing war? Why is it necessary for cars to go so fast?
Why is one death a year from a shark attack headline news when 200 road deaths a year is just another daily event?
I appreciate that the motor car offers great convenience but along with this convenience, we should put a lot more emphasis on the huge responsibility that is inherent in driving a vehicle that is so heavy and capable of such speed. Roselt Croeser Shoalwater