"Susan Dibley" wrote in message: news:
> I was the first police car off at the scene of the fatal car accident at
> Casula on Christmas eve. We would have missed the accident by seconds.


> No matter what they are taught they just dont seem to listen and seem to
> think whatever they are told my parents etc is incorrect and that they
> know
> better.


> I dont know what the answer is to slow down the incidents involving
> p-platers.....


We can do *much* more, and not just for P platers.

Our vehicle "standard-equipment" requirements are too low, neigh very third
world when compared to those of the European fleet and now, as at 2005 even
China!

Example:-
We don't have a single-carriage requirement for a 'hazard-warning triangle
like EU market or China. Nor do we (yet) mandate placement as taught.

We don't require "reflective safety vests" be supplied with a car, nor do we
mandate that it be worn by the roadside at breakdowns and crash-scenes like
the EU market. (They are typically stored in the underseat trays)

We don't mandate spare bulb packages or that standard first aid kits be
supplied with vehicles a la some EU jurisdictions.

Our vehicles don't have mandatory standard equipment rear fog lamps (ADR52)
for use under hideous weather conditions; rain on a freeway/bushfire
smoke/heavy fog etc.

I do my bit, I have warning triangle text included in all state driver
manuals, and even place a picture of the UN standard warning triangle in the
NSW RUH, and 2007 sees Tasmania's driver manual includes a picture too!
Done to show readers the quality they should buy, rather than the Australian
Standard rubbish truckies use..

Decvember 15, 2004 saw Commonwealth, along with VIC and NSW kick off
development of what will become the 'National Driver Training Scheme'. The
emphasis is on defensive driving and results from a study group of learner
candidates will be undertaken over the next 2-3 years to make any
adjustments.

Change takes time.

But, I still say we are far from being serious about the road toll. Too
many people are conditioned to drive at the speed limit, and often do so
near it come what may, rain, hail, shine. I call this 'speed limit
conditioning' and its deadly.

Speed derestriction removes that danger by making a road user fully
responsible for safe-speed under the prevailing circumstance. But, it must
be managed correctly and applied only to a jurisdictions safest road
networks. Done, and it will improve on-road behaviour.

Or, we can continue along the same losing culpable track, with no ideas.

Jeremy H. Pritchard
Mot Adv-NSW