Friday, 9 August 2013
REAL SMART VICROADS
This press clipping does not mention the law against using a mobile phone while driving. It does not mention the danger inherent in driver distraction. It reads as though this "app" is designed to be used on the drive to work.
Since 70% of cars on our roads carry just one person, the driver, many will be tempted to access this traffic information on their mobile phones while driving excusing the risk to other road users by saying VicRoads provide and promote this service.
Here's what I wrote to the paper. Below that is what Roads Minister Mulder's office wrote to me. Gary Blackwood MP does not mention the Herald Sun item, praises VicRoads and holds these bungling bureaucrats UNaccountable.
THE HERALD SUN
BRILLIANT VICROADS! (Herald Sun. June 27, 2013.) Forty cameras will
feed road photos to smart phones every two minutes. These images
will distract car drivers on their way to and from work. The
old-fashioned, but safer, radio traffic reports are not good enough for
Australia's trendiest road authority.
Motorcycle and scooter riders, bicyclists and pedestrians beware.
"Sorry mate. I didn't see you." is not an excuse. It is an admission
of negligence or incompetence or both.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group