[LINK] Mobile phone use set to be banned in vehicles - nanny state??
kim at holburn.net
Tue Feb 8 08:49:01 AEDT 2011
On 2011/Feb/08, at 8:13 AM, Philip Argy wrote:
> Even worse than the lazy legislation on mobiles is the obsessive war on
> speed, and the reduction of speed limits on even major 'secondary' roads to
> 50 km/h is a case in point. Soon we'll be back to requiring a man with a
> red flag to walk in front of every vehicle! When will pollies understand
> that it's speed that is too fast for the circumstances that is dangerous,
> and that out of context absolute speed limits are just illogical. They're
> just convenient for low-intelligence enforcement authorities to get
> convictions, especially on freeways at 2 am and at the bottom of hills.
The main problem is that speeding fines have become an important way of raising revenue for the states. Especially with speed cameras. A kind of reverse lottery. It's a tax, a lottery tax, only the baddies have to pay the tax. Australians so love lotteries. If most fatal accidents were occurring on suburban streets rather than on rural roads it might make sense as a safety measure.
And remember your physics: Speed doesn't kill, acceleration kills.
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