Horror weekend on the roads:
AS MOST Victorians woke to a bright, sunny winter’s morning, 11 families received heart-stopping phone calls that would change their lives forever.
Three collisions had taken six lives overnight. The dead were aged 15, 16, 18, 19, and one of them was in their 20s.
This is beyond tragic. What a horrible waste of human life. What awful, indescribable loss.
That’s no reason that the deaths can’t be ghoulishly used to justify
more revenue-raising tougher road laws, though. The deputy police commissioner is already getting started:
Speed may have been involved, he said.
As a community, we know and expect what’s coming next. The important thing is to continue to make the traffic laws ever more unreasonable. If teenagers have died, then clearly speed limits and penalties for speeding are still far too low. How about 40kph on freeways, 20kph on suburban roads, and $10,000 fines for anyone who exceeds them?
We will know we’ve got the balance right when road deaths are impossible.*
*When no-one drives because it’s easier just to walk.