Alcohol interlock program

IF JUDGES are fining drink drivers less because of the expense of the mandatory alcohol interlock program, money is therefore being diverted away from the state government into the hands of a private company.

Participants must pay ridiculously high service fees and for breaches that may have occurred not from drinking alcohol but eating fruit or a cough lolly. They must pay up or their car is able to start.

Leon Cooper, St Leonards.

Untidy city

I DON’T know if I am the only person that has noticed the deteriorating state of our city and suburban streets.

The amount of weeds that are growing through the footpaths and road verges in the various suburbs that I walk is atrocious. In parts of Olive Street the grass is overtaking the asphalt.

But what is the most telling lack of attention is the state of the road markings within the city precinct. Drive down York Street and you are lucky if you can see any lines.

I would hate to be a tourist trying to navigate around the city especially if it is raining or at night, or worse still, both. York Street is not the only street that is affected – most streets show a distinct lack of maintenance.

It is time the mayor and the general manager get out of their offices and have a look around the city instead of working out how much money they can spend on making the city malls and Civic Centre look pretty. Let's get back to basics and spend ratepayers money where it is most needed.

Peter Wilson, Launceston.

Mobile phones

I AM sick of waiting at intersections whilst pedestrians walk slowly from one side to the other texting and oblivious to motorists waiting to go around the corner.

If it's illegal in a car to use a mobile phone then pedestrians should not be allowed to talk on phones or text as surely they cannot be concentrating on what they are doing either.

Rob Kenna, Riverside.