LOWER SPEEDS NOT THE ANSWER
ADAM Holmes says that "Slower speeds [are the] only option for safe roads" (The Examiner, October 26).
While lowering the limit through particularly dangerous stretches in need of maintenance is understandable, Holmes makes the assumption that lower general limits actually make roads safer.
There was a comprehensive report done on the trial at Kingborough, where accurate data was collected. No wonder we don't hear about this report, as it shows a slight increase in road trauma during the trial period. Why bother having trials and collecting accurate data if it will all be ignored?
Modest changes in the speed limit do not result in safer roads, as the government's own trial proves.
Robert Stonjek, Kings Meadows.
APPALLED BY POTHOLES
IN RECENT weeks I have travelled the Bass and Midland highways and been appalled at the countless large and deep potholes that have the potential to cause a tyre to blowout and damage rims.
Many newer cars have low-profile tyres with lower side walls that are less flexible to counter such impacts, and should damage occur the potential for a crash resulting in serious injury or a fatality is increased.
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The anticipated response from those responsible for road maintenance will point to traffic volumes, including heavy vehicles, and inclement weather conditions as the cause, and that quite frankly is a cop-out.
Time for a reality check. If the roads had been constructed in the first place to a higher engineering specification, less ongoing maintenance would have been required and the risk to motorists would be far less.
Obviously the bean counters have held sway in the decision-making process, limiting contractors in what they had to tender on, and the result is not fit for long-term limited maintenance.
I have lost count over the years of the number of times a relatively new section of road is torn up to be replaced, or turned into a patchwork quilt to cover up failures.
That is an unnecessary waste of millions of taxpayer dollars and clearly the current thinking is a false economy at its worst.
The suggestion by RACT chief advocacy officer Garry Bailey to reduce speed limits until contractors are in a position to take on urgent work is a Band-Aid solution that misses the point (The Examiner, October 26). Provide funding in the first instance so contractors are not forced to tender to a specification that will prove in the long term to be inadequate.
Barry Oliver, Newnham.
WE ALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES
THIS is in reference to the letter from Julie Sladden (The Examiner, October 23).
A very important role of the editor is to provide a balance of views on current issues.
There is a difference between freedom of expression and providing balance.
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When there is overwhelming evidence that vaccination for COVID provides the safest pathway for the community, then very little space should be given for dissenting views; it should not be 50/50, otherwise the impression may be that the alternative view has strong merit.
I hope people weigh up reliable evidence carefully when making their own decision.
This is not about belief in COVID or vaccines; it is about making a sensible decision for individual and community health.
People should also remind themselves that we are all part of a community and that we have responsibilities to the community as a whole, not just to ourselves.
Dr Philip Clarke, Launceston.
LACK OF GRACE A SHAME
SHAME on Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not including Australian of the Year Grace Tame, a tireless advocate against child sexual abuse, in the drafting of the national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse.
The lifelong experiences of living sexual abuse survivors is critically important and necessary to draft a national strategy.
The government have a duty of care to all children by making this national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse the most effective and efficient it can possibly be.
Those of us who have suffered sexual abuse as children are the only people who know the full trauma of such abuse, and are fully aware of how to prevent these experiences from happening to other children.
This omission must best be addressed by including child sexual abuse survivors, such as Grace Tame, and organisations, such as Bravehearts, who have full knowledge of the lifelong devastation caused by abusive acts on defenceless children.
Linda Collier, Legana.
SO we have women's cricket teams wandering around the state, and from November 14 there will be five interstate men's basketball teams participating in a statewide tournament at a cost of $1 million.
That could buy a few locks to put on fire escape doors, while the security guards go to change their gear.
The quote of the century must go to the Minister for Recreation and Sport Jane Howlett: "I can't wait to see Tasmanians of all ages interacting with players".
Hello, I have a family member who cannot get back into the state without going into quarantine for 14 days, even though they are vaccinated.
Please, please make one set of rules for everybody and stop pampering precious sports people.
Why are we classed as second-class citizens?