In an article about cutting SA's road toll in half, there was a line about designing changes to SA's motorcycle licensing. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/na...oad-toll-in-half/story-fndo471r-1226437187755 SOUTH Australia could halve its annual road toll to below 50 deaths a year, a State Government road safety report shows. The report, by Thinker in Residence Professor Fred Wegman, found the "ambitious" target could be achieved within 10 years by measures including removing Stobie poles to reduce crash hazards, creating two major city cycling routes and banning drivers from using hands-free mobile phones. "There is no good reason why South Australia should not aim for the best when it comes to road safety," the report, "Driving down the road toll by building a Safe System", states. "If South Australia accepts this challenge, the target becomes a 50 per cent reduction in 10 years." This morning, the state's road toll rose to 54 after a man crashed his car into a tree at Salisbury Heights. The road toll was 67 at the same time last year. The 2011 annual toll was 90. The report's 76 recommendations also include making road design safer and increasing the minimum driving age. Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine welcomed the recommendations and said some already had been included in the Government's 2011-12 action plan. "The State Government has just approved funding for a further $30.2 million on four major road safety infrastructure programs," she said. "Professor Wegman has already made a significant contribution to the development of Towards Zero Together - South Australia's Road Safety Strategy 2020, which was released in October last year." The Government's action plan also includes developing a discussion paper on licensing changes for motorcycle riders and to assess school-based road safety programs. RAA spokeswoman Penny Gale said the motoring body supported most of the report and agreed that SA had "stalled" and a shift in thinking was needed. "Professor Wegman's report and recommendations outline what needs to be done differently in SA if we are committed to driving down the road toll," Ms Gale said. "He has a major focus on serious injuries, as research shows that 90 per cent of serious injuries happen because people make 'ordinary mistakes' rather than because they wilfully engage in risky and illegal behaviour." "We should be asking not who is to blame - but how this crash could have occurred." View the report at www.thinkers.sa.gov.au = = = = = = = = = Eventually, no one will be allowed to die in any fashion any more. The things that I found interesting have been highlighted/bolded. What I'm finding fascinating then, is if 90% of injuries are mistakes, why not treat the cause of the mistakes? The current paradigm is to enforce the crap out of everybody (more laws, tighter penalties, more police, more operations) and nanny state things to the max so that they treat the consequences. It's mental. .