Road toll climbs

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

YOUR head­lines last week force­fully re­veals the hor­ror oc­cur­ring on our roads. Thank you for bring­ing it be­fore us.

Then I think of govern­ment and com­mu­nity re­ac­tion when three shark at­tacks oc­curred here. Out­cry brought im­me­di­ate re­sponse with ex­perts called and a govern­ment en­quiry to cost us many thou­sands of dol­lars.

I have to ask, Why don’t we get more re­ac­tion when you por­tray 3052 peo­ple dead? Again we need to look at the cause and try to find a so­lu­tion.

The cause: One huge com­mon fac­tor is quite ob­vi­ous in the num­bers you pub­lish. Al­most 60% in­volve

al­co­hol. We are so keen to deal with other drug prob­lems and yet go soft on the worst one. Our “con­cerned” govern­ment even back-ped­als on re­strict­ing trad­ing hours. Dou­ble Stan­dards!

You say, THIS MUST STOP. I agree, but de­spair the com­mu­nity has the strength to do it. — Sel­wyn Hawken, Can­non­vale

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