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Ultimate Geek

  #3088907 12-Jun-2023 10:54
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I'd be interested to know how our road accident statistics compare to those in Australia? There's a lot of talk in this thread about lack of enforcement of current road rules in NZ and according to recent posts above they are aggressively enforced in Australia. Are their road accident statistics significantly better than ours and therefore is enforcement working for them to create safer roads?

Without knowing the numbers I reckon there would be more to it than just enforcement. Both countries are poor at driver education and instilling defensive driving behaviours. 


"But if we look across to Australia, they were on track to have about 4.4 road deaths per 100,000 people this year while New Zealand had 6.3." 

Probably more to do with the quality of roads in Aus than enforcement. Kiwi drivers are also much more aggressive on the roads.


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Ultimate Geek

  #3089031 12-Jun-2023 13:34
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Compulsory re sitting of theory and practical driving test every 10-15 years.  Make it govt funded so cost isn't an issue - also subsidised with larger fines for driving without a license.
it would be even better if you sit a driving test in a simulator ? 

Doing your best is much more important than being the best.

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Uber Geek

  #3089040 12-Jun-2023 13:58
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Probably more to do with the quality of roads in Aus than enforcement. Kiwi drivers are also much more aggressive on the roads.




Between 2013-2015, Monash University Accident Research Centre analysed the data on road crashes in the Queensland areas where speed and red-light cameras have been introduced. Their research found that the number of road crashes occurring in those areas reduced by 24-30% after their introduction (approximately 3,400 fewer crashes a year).


2020 modelling by the same institute also identified that recent changes to NSW’s mobile speed camera program, such as the removal of warning signs, would save between 34-43 lives per year in NSW alone and prevent more than 600 serious injuries.




Running redlights, using your camera and speeding are all more likely to make you crash.  If people are worried about getting caught then they would be less likely to so.

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  #3089041 12-Jun-2023 13:58
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I'd like to see the blanket immunity from traffic legislation for patched motorcycle riders rescinded.  On a few occasions I've seen large numbers of bikers flouting the rules with cops watching them.  Other times, they just ignore the rules and act like a-h...s anyway.


Even better, ban patches or other insignia in public, that way they won't be able to use that as a defence because they wouldn't be wearing one

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Uber Geek

  #3089098 12-Jun-2023 16:14
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Always blow on your pie.


It's common practice, but well overdue for being enshrined in legislation.  


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