Even idiots can be made to obey the road rules
Letter to the Editor
EVERY weekend we seem to have a lot of road accidents, from minor scrapes to horror crashes.
Why? You'd think we would know by now, and be able to do something to stop them.
We do, and we can.
Firstly, nearly all accidents are the result of inappropriate speed. Less pace allows more time to take avoiding action, regardless of other contributing factors, like drinking, drugs, fatigue, inexperience, stupidity, inattentiveness, distractions and stuff like that.
How to make people drive at a sensible speed? We (most of us) obey laws because we are reasonably intelligent, but also because we want to avoid penalties.
Even idiots can be made to obey the rules. How? By making the penalties severe, really severe. Like confiscation of vehicles, long or maybe lifetime suspension of licence, or even jail.
Forget "random” breath testing (thanks Joh Bjelke Petersen). Thousands of tests slow down traffic and result in very few arrests.
Consider the number of police occupied, who could be catching criminals, or better still, patrolling the roads in cars or on bikes. Nothing makes us more aware than the sight of one of these.
Drive to consider the traffic volume, state of the road and weather.
Your life, or somebody else's depends on it. And avoid consequences!
P.S Has anybody proved that alcohol or drugs reduce your ability to drive safely?