To The Wangaratta Chronicle
LETTERS - FLOURO MYTHS
From Doug Sunderland
Congratulations to R.S.N.E. (ROAD SAFE North East) & they deserve
much praise plus a medal, for bringing to the public a very excellent
report on cycling CRASH statistics.
I personally find the use of that incorrect term 'ACCIDENT' by the
media to be out of order, the correct term should be 'CRASHES'. (Check
In this Country there is a lack of driving EDUCATION, (only to get
your license it seems) with far too many gadgets in cars today, taking
driver attention off the road. Many motorists never have time or care
Having had a motorcycle license since 1943 & with just over 4 million
kilometers, here & in 19 other World countries, I find this FLUORO
Jacket nonsense nothing but a very weak excuse for car drivers to use.
"SORRY, I DID NOT SEE YOU". Flouro jackets would do nothing to reduce
If a car driver can not see a bike it's because they fail to turn
their head & LOOK. If police accept a driver can't see my motorcycle
on a sunny day, with a very bright headlight on permanently, then how
on earth would they see a primary school child riding to school?
Fluoro vests for all pushbike riders? But many riders already wear
fluoro gear & they still get knocked off their bikes! I wonder???
Just ask the Posties who wear a bright yellow coat & pants, but still
get knocked off. Read Shana Morgans good write up Chronicle page 3 &
P.20 (June 20, 2012) very well written & self explanatory.
More than 78% of car drivers involved in another survey admitted they
TEXT on their mobiles whilst driving, & with 46 cycling crashes in
this rural city, car drivers again use that stupid, weak excuse
"SORRY i DID NOT SEE YOU" because they were too busy combing their
hair or stuffing a big mac into their mouth, to give a damn about
Forty six push bike crashes a year happen in our rural city WHY??
The solution is easy, "EDUCATION" in all grades of all schools, & with
a great deal of more honesty about the real causes of crashes. Every
night the TV news show the daily crash scenes, & we can see over &
over again the large majority feature DOUBLE LINES, meaning someone
crossed those lines, so why not tell people the true causes, so we can
learn & act. We all make mistakes in life, but with untold reasons,
how can we learn??