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Speed enforcement causes herd mentality

Years of rigid speed enforcement have created a herd mentality that could be just as dangerous as having high-speed lunatics in our midst. Over the past 20 years, traffic in our nation has been beaten into submission by the heavy handed use of speed cameras and police patrols. The road safety rhetoric has changed from …

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Lower speed limits on rural intersections

Lower speeds at regional intersections

A plan to temporarily lower speed limits on regional highway intersections when approaching side-road traffic is detected may not work for motorcycles. The technology has been initially installed at the intersection of Glenelg Highway and Dunkeld-Cavendish Road and Penshurst-Dunkeld Road, near Dunkeld, Victoria, and will be rolled out across the state. Watch this video to …

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Double demerit points

Double demerit points endanger licence

Riders are warned they could have their licence suspended in one hit under double demerit points which apply this weekend in NSW and the ACT for the Queen’s Birthday (June 8-10, 2019). It follows a hefty 14 demerit points and $1200 fine handed out to a Harley-Davidson rider over the Western Australia Day long weekend …

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Country road

Call to lower country road speeds to 80km/h

A major road safety summit has suggested speed limits on Australia’s unsealed country road network be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h. The suggestion came at a Victorian Road Trauma Summit convened last week, but has been a hobby horse of Victorian Assistant Police Commissioner Doug Fryer for several years as this 2017 video shows. The summit was …

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Blind rider Ben Felten 2018

Blind rider has ‘2020 vision’ for 300km/h

The world’s fastest blind rider, Ben Felten, plans to return to Lake Gairdner in 2020 to raise the bar over 300km/h. Team Blind Speed Kawasaki took their 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R to the South Australian salt flats recently to beat his own world record of 272.596km/h set in 2018. While he repeatedly raced within 5km/h of …

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Dangers of organised group rides numbers

No safety in numbers for speeding riders

Riders who believe there is safety in numbers may be in for a shock when the whole group is pulled over by police and fined for speeding. The issue was brought to our attention when three of a group of four Brisbane riders were recently pulled over and fined for speeding. One of the riders …

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Signs hazards Austroads read Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Signs

Automatic speed limiters mandated

European politicians have voted on a raft of mandatory safety technology in all new vehicles including “black box” recorders, automatic braking and even automatic speed limiters. The technology will only apply to new vehicles with some measures, such as auto emergency brakes in cars, being introduced as early as next year.  New safety measures include: New crash testing …

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Police Covert speed camera

Is covert speed detection a deterrent?

Most motorists hate covert speed detection by police, yet they seem to be finding more and more sneaky ways to cover themselves while operation radar units and speed cameras. Gold Coast rider Gary Lynn confronted the cop photographed in the bushes above on the Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd last Sunday. “Don’t they realise their presence on the …

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Wire rope barriers promise widow vote honoured diverted

Wire rope barrier advocate honoured

A road safety academic who advocates wire rope barriers, lower speed limits and mandatory hi-vis vests for riders, and alcohol interlocks and electronic rider aids on bikes has been honoured with a special award. UNSW Sydney Professor Raphael Grzebieta has been honoured with the 2019 Kenneth A Stonex award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to …

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Passing lanes

Passing lanes make motorists safer

Passing lanes make motorists safer with many speeding up to 125km/h to safely pass, yet police continue to set up speed traps in these safe sections of road. Austroads has published a report that found passing lanes have many safety benefits, including perceived safety by motorists, safer operational conditions, and historical crash reductions. That’s despite …

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