Around 12:30 today I had the pleasure of listening to Melbourne Talk Radio MTR 1377 today for about 3 minutes. The host and his guest (didn't catch their names) were discussing motorcycle related road toll, and in these 3 minutes I heard a barrage of incredible stupidity! The icing on the cake was the idea of banning motorbikes to reduce the road toll. Wow! How come they didn't suggest banning cars as well, thus reducing the road toll to zero? And while we're at it, we could ban having children, as in the long term that would reduce the death toll of the mankind to zero. Another great idea suggested by the show - insurance companies should refuse life insurance to motorbike riders. Funnily enough, both the presenter and the guest admitted of never having ridden bikes. The guest described a situation where "a bike appeared next to him out of nowhere". The way I understand it - he wasn't paying attention, and wasn't scanning his mirrors, thus we have a driver education issue rather than a bike rider problem. Some (perhaps most?) people just can't live without a big brother telling them what to do! I think that the overall environment has come to paying more attention to reports, KPI's, numbers and so on, than to improving the quality of life. Let's reduce the speed limit, ban smoking, ban changing the light bulb etc... Even something as straightforward as wearing seat belts should not be the law, it should be common sense! And no one group of people (in this case - car drivers) should be told that the other group (bike riders) is wrong, especially if all the other group is doing is enjoying life! Dear MTR 1377 - it's OK, I love freedom, and I defend your right to talk rubbish.