NSW Police Campaign for Safer Driving
We were reading recently about a campaign by NSW police to try and do something about the unacceptably high level of serious accidents and fatalities on rural roads in the state.
So we are going to move away for once from talking about Kubota tractors and agricultural equipment and say a few words instead in support of this initiative
The basic police proposition is simple: “there is no such thing as a road accident - only bad driving choices.”
We reckon that’s pretty much correct though of course there might be the odd theoretical exception. For example, a blowout at speed can be a problem and it’s not something that you necessarily can influence much one way or the other.
Even so, the police’s point is sound. There is simply too much drink-driving, speeding and aggressive driving on our roads.
Of course, this isn’t just an issue for NSW because it is an Australia-wide problem.
For example, in the International League tables showing the involvement of drink in driving accidents, Australia is pushing for fourth place. Now that really is one competition that we don’t want to be doing well in!
The government and the police are putting huge resources into trying to raise awareness of these issues and clearly, there’s not much we can do to add to that. All we can ask readers to do is to keep in mind how serious or fatal road accidents destroy the lives of individuals and families alike – including some who weren’t even directly involved.
The message about the dangers of taking a drink or two and then driving a car has been made now for decades.
Perhaps a little more emphasis needs to be placed on speeding and entirely crazy aggressive driving. We’ve all seen people trying to overtake, for example, in impossibly dangerous situations - all to try and save perhaps 30 seconds on their total journey time.
So, let’s all try to ease back a little on the accelerator and be a little bit calmer and more patient behind the wheel. The police are saying that there is a massively disproportionate percentage of accidents in rural NSW as opposed to the cities.
Let’s work together to end that for good.