Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party candidate, motorcycle crash widow and passionate rider Judith Kuerschner says speed cameras are ineffective.
“A speed camera is completely ineffective in stopping the fatality that may occur several minutes after a vehicle has sped past. It’s like smacking a dog on the nose for pooping on your lawn two weeks after the fact,” says Judith whose husband died in a motorcycle crash.
Judith, who rides a Can-Am Spyder F3 and is running for the Senate in South Australia, says AMEP advocates for the acknowledgement of motorcyclists, particularly in the area of vulnerability and in the promotion of motorcycles as economical and environmentally friendly transport.
She has good reason to be passionate about road safety. Read her tragic story by clicking the image below:
With her background in education and training, Judith is a strong supporter of improvements to both driver and rider education and training, with national consistency a priority in both road-user training and in road rules.
She says minimising government interference is a key value for the motoring enthusiast and motorcycling community, particularly the over-reliance by governments on speed cameras rather than visible policing to regulate road use and, allegedly, reduce road crashes and fatalities.
“A further push towards personal responsibility, where all road users take care to consider others while using our roads, would go much further in helping reduce crashes without the reliance on external punishments detected by unmanned technology to regulate behaviour”, she says.
“The application of AMEP values to a wide range of legislative proposals is what maintaining representative diversity in the Senate is all about; without this, motorcyclists, motoring enthusiasts, and a large part of the wider community will be ignored as legislation is bulldozed through the Parliament by the major parties.
“Six above or 12 below the line, minor parties are the way to go; this is how the AMEP is encouraging people to think when it comes time to vote. Motorcyclists are a growing minority group, and we need to have a voice to ensure we’re not ‘run off the road’ by the rhetoric of the major parties.”
AMEP is one of several major and minor parties that has replied to our request for motorcycle-specific policies in the lead-up to the July 2 Federal election.
Their sitting Victorian Senator, Ricky Muir, has been highlighted in Motorbike Writer on several occasions. Just type in “Ricky Muir” in the search section at the top of this page.
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We have contacted all the major and many of the minor parties asking them for their polices that affect the more than one million motorcycle riders in Australia.
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We have also asked whether any of their members or candidates are riders.
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