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Most motorists have their own anecdotal stories to tell of police cars brazenly flouting the traffic laws for no apparent reason.

Now there is hard evidence that these are not just stories. The revelation that last financial year 1433 police cars were caught breaking the road rules without reason is worryingly high, given there are about 16,000 officers in NSW.

But it should be kept in perspective - the lead-foot officers behind the wheel did not get off without consequence. They had to pay their fines, a combined $345,904, and they lost demerit points too, as would any other motorist. And they were subject to internal investigations by safe driver committees, which is entirely appropriate.

But the behaviour of the minority is unhelpful to the overall objectives of reducing the road toll.

There is already building resentment among some motorists about the punitive measures used in NSW to enforce the road rules. State Government policies have been severe, from double-demerit point weekends to a widening network of fixed-speed cameras. Still to come is the roll-out of 200 more red-light cameras, which will generate thousands of fines.

The NSW Police Force is keen to keep the road toll under 400 this year. This is a goal that deserves widespread community support. However, it is obvious the police hierarchy still has a job ahead convincing their own officers to drive safely and lawfully at all times.

Reckless attitudes to the road rules among a minority of officers serves only to undermine public support and confidence.

There is also a 'T' Junction  adjacent to a Coles Supermarket coming out of  Tenth Avenue Budgewoi NSW Where I live. and a Give Way sign  on the cross road  on the right  Which is Totally ignored by 98% of  all Vehicles . Buses Public service vehicles Every one,  there have been A few prangs but I am surprised there haven't been more,  The reason for the Give Way being there is to keep traffic flowing to avoid a bottle neck Other than that the people ignoring the Give way sign would have right of way. 

Traffic fines issued to govt agency cars last year.
NSW POLICE, 1,433.
Ambulance service, NSW, 341.
Energy Australia, 321.
NSW Fire Brigade, 263.
Dept of Community Services, 247.
Rail Corp, 199.
Roads and Traffic Authority, 190.
Dept of Education and Training, 153.
State Transit Authority, 149.
Dept of Corrective Services, 145.


Reducing road deaths is definitely desirable. And rather a lot of other premature departures too. We lose more people to suicide than we do on the roads.
Hey vest, are you a motorist? :D
Vest said…
EC. I recall back in the 50s during the first three months of the Korean conflict 3,000 US Military lives were lost opposed to 30,000 on the roads in the USA.
Thanks for calling.
Vest said…
Rachmad Imam Tarecha.

Yes is the reply to your Question. We have compulsary driving tests for aged persons in NSW Australia , which I passed with flying Colours, recently, my next test will be in 2018 July; when I shall be 92 years of age, and incidently, I drive a four year old 4 litre Straight 6 cyl White Ford Station Wagon. thanks for calling
BTW I have driven in England , Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore Japan and Australia.
Thanks for calling.
Anonymous said…
Camera fines in Victoria are dropping, which means people have adapted their driving, in a good way I hope, and not just where there are cameras. People do now drive more slowly, and unfortunately, less competently. So, traffic heading south on Noela Place must give way to traffic turning from Tenth Avenue? Otherwise the traffic would bank up in Tenth Avenue? It seems like more money needs to be spent at the intersection that the erection of an instinctively wrong give way sign. When so many people ignore a sign like that, there is problem to be dealt with.
Vest said…
Hi Andrew. It would seem you have taken a squiz at the map being I did not mention Noela place, I am bewildered why People simply do not obey that sign., Maybe their mind is elsewhere - possibly the excitement of having money to burn at the local shops, or not expecting to see a give way sign at that location.
Fortunately for drivers having to pass their test, the test route is in Toukley 5 ks distant.
River said…
When cars were first invented, they seemed like such a great idea! Now, they've become more a problem than anyone could have ever imagined.

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