MP Peter Walsh told the rally that if they attained government they would also restart the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into VIicRoads management of country roads.
On the same day as the rally, Victorian Police called for doctors to dob in old drivers and riders that they deemed unfit, lower speed limits and deploy more speed cameras.
Here is the full text of Jan’s speech:
I speak today in memory of my husband Phil White and on behalf of our children, Madison, Molly, Raechel, Shane, Danielle and Chris, our family and friends. The pain of knowing how Phil died is indescribable.
On 5th November last year Phil was thrown from his motorbike and into the wire rope barriers where he died.
Make no mistake, he did not die from his bike hitting a dead kangaroo on the road. He died upon impacting the wire rope barriers.
He had no chance at all of surviving that day.The wire rope barriers hemmed him in and were directly in his path. It could have, and should have, been different. He should have come home to us that day.
None of us will ever be the same.I have read each and every witness statement of the events of that morning and there should be no confusion, there is no confusion of what took Phils life.And yet, there is no mention officially implicating the wire rope barriers in my husbands death.
Phil’s cause of death is officially listed as ” a result of multiple injuries caused from a mototcycle incident.”
We ask, where is the justice in this?Systems need to be changed.
How many other deaths have there been to the wire rope barriers where the true cause of death is lost or filtered amidst the trail of forms, reports and people?
There can no truth in the statistics we are fed. There is no truth in them.
In our view — Phil White’s grieving family — the road authorities have much to answer for.
They created the only roadside hazard in that area; already known by Vic Roads to be potentially lethal to a motorcyclist. Yet there it was, the hazard that brutally stole the next 20– 30 years oflife from Phil and from us all. The years that he was looking forward to. Gone in an instant.
And so, we stand united today, in memory of the unjust death of our husband and father and on behalf of all road users , demanding a change to the wrongs of our governing road authorities and government.
We demand the respect and consideration that we deserve as voting road users
We demand the duty of care that is our right as voting road users
We demand the right to be safe when we travel our roads as voting road users
Not just for some, but for all.
We say to you: We will not forgive, we will not forget and we will not give up.
For our husband, father and friend,Phil White, and for all others already tragically lost to our bad roads.