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VIC TAC still not accepting any responibility

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Sir Ride Alot, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. They're still trying to link speed to the road toll even though nearly half of all deaths occured on roads with very low speed limits up to 80kph.

    John Thompson should examine his figures again before he makes a claim. He’s added the 80kph stats to the above 80kph stats. He claims 21 when it is actually 15. Convenient mistake or misleading and deceptive behaviour?

    How long will Ted Baillieu stand by and do nothing about these people?

    "Shocking" Start to 2012 on the Roads: TAC Urges Victorians to Take Care
    MEDIA RELEASE: 31 January 2012

    Following the deaths of 28 people on Victorian roads this year, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has asked all drivers, riders and pedestrians to consider their behavior and what they can do to make safety their priority.

    The road toll, as of midnight 28 January, is now 11 more than the same time last year for an increase of 65%.

    Sixteen of the 28 deaths have occurred on regional or rural roads – 60 % up on the same time last year.

    The spike in January fatalities comes after a weekend where seven lives were lost on Victorian roads.

    Of the 28 deaths to date in 2012:
    • Three occurred in a 50 km/h zone
    • Three occurred in a 60 zone
    • One occurred in a 70 zone
    • Six occurred in a 80 zone
    One occurred in a 90 zone
    • 12 occurred in a 100 zone
    • Two occurred in a 110 zone

    The TAC's Senior Manager of Road Safety & Marketing, John Thompson, said it shouldn't come as a surprise to the Victorian community that 21 deaths had occurred on high-speed roads above 80km/h.

    "It is important that pedestrians and drivers took extra care to obey speed limits and reduce their risks," Mr Thompson said.

    "It proves that road users cannot be complacent, and that the TAC must continue to educate Victorians about the deadly behaviors that unnecessarily kill Victorians like speeding and driving impaired.

    "For 28 people to have been killed in preventable crashes in less than one month is nothing short of tragic."

    The monthly toll is nine more than January 2011, and three more than the five year average.

    Mr Thompson said there were a number of things that could be attributed to the spike in road deaths this January.

    The factors included warmer weather and holidays, as well as driver and rider behaviour.

    "With warmer nights more people are out and about and our roads are busier, and maybe more drivers are on unfamiliar roads as they travel to holiday destinations."

    "But, there is no excuse for drivers, riders or pedestrians having a poor attitude towards road safety.

    "At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own behaviour on the road, and it is up to you to reduce your risk."

    Mr Thompson said that despite the spike in deaths this past month, the state's long-term road safety strategy was working.

    "Over the past 20 years the rate of fatalities per 100,000 population has decreased from 11.38 to 5.12, making Victoria one of the safest places in the world to use the roads.

    "But, we cannot relax and I encourage the whole community to use the past month's tragedies as motivation to consider their behaviour on our roads and think about what they can do to make our roads an even safer place to be."

    He said with the increase in deaths on regional and rural roads, the community was encouraged to maintain its commitment to having conversation about road safety via campaigns like Talk the Toll Down.

    "Remember to talk with your loved ones about how important it is to stay safe on the roads and remain vigilant, because in the end it could save their life."

    For further information please contact: Sarah Henderson 5225 6464, 0429 294 262.

  2. That doesn't really sound like a spike to me. What is the normal year-to-year fluctuation?

    Also, I don't really understand this.
  3. 80 and 100 zones have the highest number of deaths, but aren't the the speed zones that get the most traffic and kilometres on them 80 and 100 zones?

    I'd bet that they're actually linking volume of traffic to death rates than than speed to death rates, they just don't realise it. Or they do and they're pushing their agenda.
  4. I can use politicians logic as well- The safest speed zone is 70kph so all residential roads must be posted 70kph for safety. The safest rural/regional speed is 110kph and more importantly every 10kph over 100kph decreases your risk by 6 fold! Therefore if there were 12 road fatalities in a month at 100kph and 2 at 110kph then in a year there would be 144 in 100 kph zones and 24 in 110kph zones. Since the statistics show there is a 6 fold reduction in fatalities per 10kph increase in posted speed, if we posted all roads at 140kph there would only be around 1 fatality every 10 years on rural/regional roads! How can this startling revelation continue to be ignored, speed cameras need to be re-tasked to book anyone traveling under the posted speed, EVERY K UNDER IS A KILLER! When will people learn and stop the carnage on our roads?
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  5. lol =D>
  6. You'd get my vote!
  7. This report takes data gathered during school holidays with a couple of public holidays (including what people turned into the Australia Day long weekend). What is needed is to compare this to say March (to ensure we use the same number of days to work with) and compare the fatalities between the two.

    It's seems alright to become alarmist over the death rate in January but how many of those accidents involved alcohol and/or fatigue? From what I can read, all that this report does is specify what the posted limit was at the time of the fatality but how does that equate to speeding or driver behaviour? For all we know, some of those deaths may have been caused by a rouge meteor!

    An assumption that all of these deaths could have been avoided? Preventable? ...yeah, they could have elected to curl up in bed with a book and a cup of tea instead of taking the saloon out for a spin.

    In summary, a typical report with a base-line statistic(fatalities) that goes on to assume many things and help push the "soap box" agenda of TAC.
  8. This is EXACTLY what I believe, too.

    Seeing those frustrating signs

    "Keep the Support Alive, Wipe Off 5" billboards serves nothing more than to get the public to continue a 'practice' which FAILED to produce their expected results, in terms of reducing fatalities/accidents but increased the cash cow's success exponentially.

  9. You win - and get my vote