This has probably been said before, but Police/government focussing on road accidents etc... sounds good, and "in the publics interest" blah blah.. but seriously.. this is the spin from how I see it.. Cops / government says.. > "More needs to be done to increase road safety and reduce road tolls." > "Speeding is the biggest factor in road accident and fatalities." > "The number of avoidable accidents and deaths are a tragedy" > "The introduction of cameras will help us catch law breakers, and to slow people down" > "We must get tougher of road laws to ensure the roads are safe for everyone" Make of what you want from the above.. Fact or Fiction, you decide. Often political motives (and motives in general) are a mix of some truth... mixed with a lot of positives which can be interpreted by the general public as an improvement that they need.. not what the law makers want.. but what society needs - important point this.. The amount of resources poured into making the roads safer.. or rather penalising motorists as much as possible, since road conditions and designs take a back seat in such scenarios... is insane when compared to the lives that will be saved if techology and resources were poured into other areas of society. Comparatively.. You rarely hear the following (if at all) > "Road conditions have a huge effect on vehicle performance, including braking distance" > "Pedestrians who do not cross the road in a safe manner are jeopardising their lives and of motorists" > "Overseas drivers may not have the same competencies which Australian License holders must meet in order to operate a vehicle" > "The number of accidents involving a police vehicle accounts for X number of damages." > "Road related fatalalities are less than fatalities related to Construction, Health and Suicide" Fact or fiction, again you decide. Incorporating business models to political focus, the ROI (return on investment) is significantly higher when dealing with motorists. Everyone will travel faster than posted speed limits, and reducing speed limits will further increase the chances of motorists being caught, which in turn will generate a greater return in revenue. Investments in safer construction practices will require substantial negotiations with private companies and will likely result in an over regulated sector which may stifle businesses. (ie standardising technologies, and enforced safe work practices) basically too hard to control, and not very profitable (if anything, work cover claims will be higher which will be an added expense) Health care will always be an expense, and will never be profitable. The only reason to improve on this is ensuring the general well being of workers to keep the economic wheels churning. Smoking apparently causes a whole range of health issues to the smoker and the others around them. A ban on cigarette sales (why not throw in a line like "in the interest of the people") would immediately send the business underground, and will result in a massive reduction in revenue generated through taxes collected through tobacco. If anything, it's more beneficial to keep people smoking.. more money and a form of population control. "We don't care about people who are too old to contribute to society.. unless you're pretty wealthy and like spending your hard earned life savings - literally) Suicide rates have increased year over year. The problem is too hard to tackle, and certainly not profitable. Anti-suicie campaigns cannot be enforced or controlled with a fine or court battle - heck it'll cost more to rehab them than to just let them be (sounds really bad I know). However the cause of suicide stems from social pressure, anxiety and financial hardship. In order to properly address suicide, the cause of suicidal frame of minds must be taken into consideration.. How likely will a government enact measures to ease financial hardship when knowing what the GDP is, is more important in terms of international trade is concerned. Do you believe the spin? Are you the type that claims "if you're not doing anything wrong then you wont be caught and have nothing to worry about." Are you the type that loves kicking a goal every now and then, or achieving something you set your mind to, knowing what the end goal was? What if the goal posts kept changing...? Would this make playing by the rules a little more difficult.. would it cause you to readjust your approach to reach the same goal, even if this may increase the time it took you to reach that goal.? ... Would the time to invest outweigh the benefits? What if you knew something can be achieved much faster, more efficiently; however enacting on such would be illegal due to some law that was passed to deliberately increase the chances of you breaking such law? What happens to justice when upon a conviction by the prosecution (say a fine from a "safety" camera) effectively deems you to be guilty until proven innocent. How much resources would you have at your disposal to prove your innocence.. how much funding would be needed to properly present your case in the court of law.. again, to prove your innocence? Agree or disagree? Argue your point. Politics, like the financial system is made out to appear complex; however at its core, it's really quite simple. Don't be ignorant to what impacts your life.. now and into your future. Truth is you're not as free as democracy makes it out to be, but under such a system, you do have the power to surrender your voice.