HERE COMES THE CAVALRY.

February 14th, 2005

As I was putting my sign away an elderly gent walked up and shook my hand and told me what a good job I was doing and that I was a credit to myself.
Welcome encouraging words, but what was most telling to me was that he took my hand in both of his, when he shook it.

A lot more sincere than the handshake that Mark Latham gave Mr Howard
just before the election.

Just picture this if you will.
An old person on his death bed who is four breaths away from leaving this earth.
A relative, who this dying person hasn't seen for years turns up out of the blue to visit and just happens to have a fully made out will in their favour, and which will negate any current one and needing only a signature and witness to make it legal.
I'm certain that with a bit of persuasion it would be signed.

We know that Mr Latham was under doctors orders to have complete rest . but doctors also tell patients all the time, not to smoke , drink (alcohol),to avoid fatty foods and to excercise, etc.and not all take notice.
Why didn't one of Mr Latham's advisors realizing the importance of a statement about the Sunami at that time, write a press release(politicians have speech writers you know)and in between bouts of pain,and I am not making light of the pain he was suffering, get Mr Latham to sign it and release it to the media?

Another person a man about forty walks upon Friday when I'm about to leave "Hey are you the bloke that was on the Ray Hadley show and wants volunteers?"
I told him I was looking for sponsors.(I would like to break even)
"Can I help" he asked and to cut a long story short. Graham is on deck on Wednesday with a "It's school zone time" sign to help me, help the RTA slow cars for the children's safety.
Get this, the only person to put up their hand to help apart from all my e mailing friends is Graham ,who doesn't have car, sleeps in a derelict house is on methadone and HE sees merit in what I'm doing.

Just a spaced out junkie you might say but no he is a very personable articulate man (he'd handle a spot on TV) trying to better his situation. And there are two other people ready to take up the signs.
Where is there another "black Spot"? Gymea perhaps ,or should they go to the North Shore to tap into another market ,nearly everyone in the shire knows about school zone santa.

We need "flashing lights" at all variable speed zones.

I'll add this clipping and I don't know about copyright but I haven't time to type it out.
I can't do it I must be missing a step
It's on page 3 of 15/2/05 Daily Telegraph under the heading "brakes put on city speed cut "

Are 40 speed zones becoming a little too unpopular with drivers/voters?

It's three santa's helpers now.

A river starts with one drop of rain , there will be 4 drops (or should I say drips )soon..................

Kogarah at 8

WHO PINCHED MY SIGNS?

February 14th, 2005

Well well well someone has pinched my signs that I had nailed to the lamp posts at the Kogarah variable /school zone site, with my web site name on them.
I have been amazed that they had been left there so long .
I wonder who took them ?
The Kogarah Council I believe is strongly against unauthorised signage cluttering up the landscape.
But if the council was having a "blitz" on signs, why were they so selective?
Why only mine ? what about the Botony bay sailing club banners on the Moorefields Fence , those bright green ones that have been all over the shire for years and the same colour green/yellow posters advertising an antique show, about a dozen from Tom Uglies to president ave Kogarah.
I don't think it was the council. Who was it?
There are more of my signs on the way !
There are toys that are called transformers (I think)A car that you can turn into a plane ,a plane that turns into a robot etc.
I have a badly tuned sleigh with full lengh roof racks and I can , with large sheets of plywood, that will open like a rose in the morning sun,and transform my sleigh from a Ford Ute into a very large billboard and with the right wording and placed alongside peak hour traffic ,say on the lower north shore, I should be able to generate some interest in that part of town.
I have some good news tomorrow or bad depends if you agree with me or not.
TO MAKE DRIVERS AWARE OF VARIABLE SPEED ZONES THEY NEED FLASHING LIGHTS.
WHAT WE HAVE NOW DOESN'T WORK, EVERBODY ,INCLUDING THE RTA KNOWS THEY DON'T WORK, AND CHILDREN'S LIVES ARE PUT IN DANGER EVERY DAY.

Back at 8

"Alleged" Smear campaign

February 8th, 2005

I spoke about sponsers yesterday. Hows this for an idea. Is there anyone out there who would like to advertise on the site Obviously if you are after a rta/gov contract it wouldn't be a good idea.

With help I am will stay "Sticking it to 'em," untill the next election if necessary, to get Flashing lights at variable speed zones.
Before I get to the serious stuff, thanks for logging on and please help me by calling the media and ask them why ,they aren't doing a story on me shafting the RTA/GOV at Kogarah. No media came this morning.
I'm here for the little people. I haven't a hidden agenda . And my "dorothy dixes" by my e mail supporters to talk back are ignored. "we don't vet our calls"
Yea right. More on that later.
Please pass on the web site. Keep the web speading wider.

Please help Santa help you. I can't do it all by myself.

I'm open for suggestions.

How many Articles and stories will it take before they take notice.
They don't seem to get it, and meanwhile good drivers suffer. Is my more direct action the way to go,or do we appeal to their better nature some other way?

Now the important stuff.

Fri 11/2/05 Idid take this page off the site for a couple of days because a Fairfax representitive said something about copyright.
I could just type it out word for word. scanning is easier.
It's meant to be a bit of harmless fun (there hasn't been much fun lately around here. the web site and my cause should get a bit publicity on the court steps, I need media.

Here's my bit of nonsense.

Well it had to happen sooner or later, or am I'm being a bit paranoid
The article below was in todays St george and Sutherland shire Leader.
Now it was very warm on the day this young reporter ( He'll go a long way) came up and asked to do a follow up story on the one he did in December. I was a little heat stressed and mumbled something, and off he went.
Well I'm Floored ,Everything I said has been totally taken out of context and I strenously deny all infered charges.
Mrs Santa and I have a very loving relationship, only last week I was getting off to sleep ,in the spare room out the back ,and I was thinking what a lucky man I was to have a wife like her. She hadn't being feeling well for a while and her GP told her it was a very rare condition and the only remedy was for us to have separate rooms. I've searched medical books but can't find this malady mentioned anywhere though, but if that's what the doctor said, well that's all right with me.
My wife and I are very close,why only yesterday I saw her when I drove out to go to Kogarah(we have seperate entrances) There she was, happy as a lark mowing the front lawn.It's a rather large lawn and because of her bad hips,she has to start early.
I gave her a friendly santa wave, but she can't have seen me because she didn't wave back.

So mr Adam Leto, If that's your real name, have a go at me, by all means, I accept that's part of my job, but leave my family out of it. Next you'll be saying that my son's gay ( not that there's anything wrong with that)just to upset the missus,so what If he's good at dressmaking.
Any more of this sort of scurrilous reporting and you'll hear from my legal people.

I've highlighted the most distessing section


Back at kogarah at 8.

the rta logged on again ,hi guys.

February 8th, 2005

I put the extra sign out today (monday)to win some more of you over to the "cause" "FLASHING LIGHTS AT ALL VARIABLE SPEED ZONES" or did you just come for a peek at the rude picture.(look for the naughty picture link it's down there.)

I had a look at the stats for the 6/2/05 and guess what, my friends from the RTA have been having a look again. Hi guys. You were right on top of the list, you accessed the most pages, but then you have to fill your day in some way don't you.
I'm still waiting for you to e mail the figures from this time last year and this year, so I can post a comparison for the other visitors.

I wonder if loitering outside a school in disguise is a reason to have me moved on.
I might have a rocket propelled grenade in my santa bag, that could be a reason.(one way to get Aljezzera tv at kogarah)

I will be taking the afternoons off for now, but I have a couple of other ideas up my red sleeve.

Why does ever body know Dick Smith.
It's because he is good at self promotion.
Remember the "ice berg" being towed down Sydney Harbour, during our last big drought.It turned out to be a barge with a fake iceberg on it covered in white plastic.
On the subject of aviation, he said he could take a "jumbo"under the harbor bridge.He did, an elephant on a barge.
(He must've had a mate with a barge.)

Everytime Sir Richard Branson launches a new business enterprise, he does it with a stunt that puts him in the world media.
When I was typing sir Richard ,I thought why isn't it, Sir Dick Smith but then Dick says things, as they are and that kind of honesty doesn't always please the "right" people.

Of course I'm only a ""tiddler" but I know that you can have a million web sites and nobody knows about them unless, you make them stand out.
Remember over the eastern suburbs, sky writing(paid for by other peoples money) froggy.com How's the prison tucker Karl?
Karl's gone, as well as lots of innocent peoples money, but we still know froggy.com.

Back at Kogarah at 8 am

Santas's week at kogarah

February 6th, 2005

Well it's be an up and down week for me, but very good for the hundreds of drivers I slowed down ,to help keep the children safe, and coincedentily before they were caught by the speed camera.

I have found it amazing though that only 2 people have taken the trouble to thank me for saving them at least $143 + points. One a young man who walked up to me a gave me 6 stubbies because he said I had saved him from a fine I and the second thanked me by email.
I assume that all the rest, think that I?m just doing my job.that someone is paying me.
I think my sign is a bit too professional and it could be an advertising gimmick.
could be they think I've recieved a road safety grant
Perhaps I could get one from ATSIC, they seem to have plenty of money.
I should ask sugar ray for a loan.

Please don't get me wrong I'm not there for the money ,but why would anyone stand there, (unless he was paid )in the hot sun, in a santa suit, waving a sign in front of complete strangers , coincedentily saving them money,and perhaps even their license.
Only a fool like me it appears, with the help of my poor long suffering family.

I'm not doing this for reward , but I would like to somehow break even.

I?m doing it to try and get "flashing lights" at all variable speed zones.

Better men than I and a lady have advised and lobbyed to no avail.See "SEE CRANKY DRIVERS MAKE CRANKY VOTERS" Futher down the site.

I,m doing this for the people who drive the long way, so they don't have to pass this school zone "in case they forget"

I'm doing for the elderly people who don't drive during school zone time "in case they forget"

I'm doing it on behalf of all the people who have emailed me.

All the facts and figures are in the pages below and I have so much
More information to add

News clippings about speed cameras.
I've collected information and observations about RTA waste.

As Alan Jones (2GB) once said about government "It?s easy to spend other people?s money."

I don't have the IT. skills to add more to the website, all this cut and paste and drag nonsense.
I get a lot of "you have preformed an illegal operation" and "there has been an end line error, do you wish to debug now" and all Mortein does is make the key board sticky.
I can't justify spending more money to pay to have it done so If there's any "nerd' out there who can help me (maybe someone who has been caught-out at a school zone) I would be grateful.

If I could get $5 for every driver I stopped coincdentily, from getting fined I wouldn't have to work after hours, and weekends to try to keep some money coming in.
$10 and I could buy a place in New Zealand's South Island and go bush walking with Mr Carr when he retires.

I don?t envy Mr Carr, to run a state as big as NSW must be difficult

But he shouldn't slap people, (a lot who would have voted for him) in the face with these stupid ,demeaning fines.

Speaking of leaders, Mr Brogden had better look over his shoulder , because if he makes any more blunders like he did over the police operation "AUXIN" his leadership could well be in danger, because with all the strife concerning
Hospitals, trains, teachers, water etc,a rainbow lorrikeet with a club foot could lead the liberal party and win the next election (no offence meant to any handicapped lorrikeets).

The last week has been rewarding having saved so many drivers from fines, coincidently of course, as I?m just helping the RTA slow the cars to make the area safer for the children. (flashing lights would do the same as me) and I love the friendly waves from all the passing drivers and the children who are always happy to see Santa,and being the middle child in a famiy of nine, it's feels good to be noticed.

And by the way every police person that I?ve seen, have returned my wave. Car loads of police, not just the driver but all occupants of the car wave as they pass by.

What does that tell you?
The rank and file police do a great job under difficult circumstances, and don't want to be linked to decisions that inept politicians make. These police have to bear the anger out there because, good drivers gets caught-out at school zones at say, 8-10 am when there's not a kid within cooee, because they're still at home having weetbix.

I?m on your side guys.

I would like more feedback fellow motorists, even from you, Mr RTA.

The RTA has Logged on my website 5 times, so far, twice on 3/2/05, so they know I'm there.

I?m sure that the 49,500 drivers that were fined $6.5 million in 2003/2004.at this site alone. (RTA figures) would love to hear them explain how getting a $143 fine in the mail 4/5 weeks later, helps the school child that could?ve been killed by this "speeding? driver. When if there had been "flashing lights" at the school the driver would almost certainly have slowed down.
The ones that don't slow down (and some morons won't) at "flashing light" controlled schools Zones double the fines.

How many drivers have been driving for 30/40 years,and have never had a ticket until school zones

I wish I had a twin I?d love to slow the cars on the other side of the road (for the children?s sake of course).It pains me to see the flash over there,because that unaware driver just lost $143.00

Back on Monday

School zone Santa needs help

February 2nd, 2005

And I don't mean in a medical sense, (that's debateable)for me to stay at Kogarah.
I do need help. I'll do my bit to slow you down, if you forget, or don't realise its school zone time, for the kiddies safety(not because you will get caught by the speed camera.)
A lot of people think that "school zone santa" is some sort of business,and I'm trying to sell something.
I'm not. It's one bloke who wants to help.
Santa is an ordinary family man spending his time and hard earned money after hours at the moment to try and bring flashing lights to variable speed zones. but to stay here (till the next election if necessary)
I need help
Is there someone out there that could sponser me?
I'll wear your brand sunnies
I'll wear your brand undies
Santa must need a pretty healthy breakfast cereal.( crunchy nut perhaps?)
I'll wear your brand of deodorant(It gets pretty hot in a santa suit.)
I'll even wear a sports bra, like Venus Williams does, (don't tell Mrs santa)if it means that I can stay here"sticking it up the RTA" till we get "flashing lights" at Kogarah

How are your figures now Mr RTA ?
I know by my web stats, that do you come on my site.
Email me your figures from this time last year and of the last few days and I'LL PUT THEM ON THE SITE.

PUT FLASHING LIGHTS ALL ALL VARIABLE SPEED ZONES!!!!!

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE.

January 31st, 2005

This morning I added a yellow safety vest over my santa jacket so I would be noticed and slowed down lots and lots of cars to help the RTA make the road safer for the school kids.
It has been pointed out to me though, that by me slowing the cars, they don't get caught by the nearby speed camera.
Crikey that means that the RTA/GOV must be losing thousands and thousands of dollars because I can see the no 2 camera up the road flashing like a coach load of Japanese tourists at a koala santuary,and very few drivers get past me breaking the law.
The two speed cameras average about the same revenue.
$3.5 and $3.2 million in 12 months, (2003/2004 RTA figures)

But then speed cameras aren't about the money are they?

Seriously, one thing I might suggest, is to erect a safety fence along the Eastern footpath because when school does come out even 40 klms is too fast and the footpath gets very congested and a bit of innocent sky larking could have tragic consequences.

WE NEED SCHOOL ZONES, BUT WE NEED SCHOOL ZONES WITH FLASHING LIGHTS!!

Schoolday no 1 (pupil free day)

January 28th, 2005

Hello fellow motorists
Well Friday 28th Jan was my first day this year "on station" at the school zone at kogarah and I must admit I did feel a bit foolish crossing the road in my santa suit to get to my spot.

But after I easily managed to slow traffic down to the legal 40 klm, something that the RTA with all their signs ,road markings and speed cameras has trouble doing,I felt a lot less self conscious.

Slowing the cars down made it so much safer for the children.

By coincidence there was a photographer there from the telegrah and a camera man from channel 10.

Although they both did use me,they were there not for School zone santa, but because these are the biggest money making speed cameras in NSW ($6.5 million in 12 months, 2003/2004)and to see mutiple camera flashs with cars and their unsuspecting drivers in the foreground always makes a news filler.

Back on Monday,unless the RTA installs "flashing lights"over the weekend.

"Cranky drivers make cranky voters"

January 27th, 2005

Hello fellow motorists,

Well another school year starts tomorrow and in the next few weeks the first of this years school zone speeding infringement notices will be in the mail.

Maybe the NEW roads minister Mr Costa will give the school/variable speed zone problem urgent consideration.He appears to be a no nonsense type of person.

But would he admit that if 49,500 drivers get fined in one year, at one location at Kogarah, even with all the signs and 2 speed cameras,something else needs to be done.

THERE NEEDS TO BE FLASHING LIGHTS TO HELP DRIVERS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN THE NORMALLY POSTED SPEED CHANGES FROM TIME TO TIME AS IN SCHOOL ZONES OR LIKE THE AIRPORT TUNNEL OR THE M5 EAST.

Of course people should know about school zones ,and do, the signs and road marking are there.But by the numbers of good drivers being caught out it's obvious that people just aren't always aware.

People have emailed me that they've had an unblemised license for 30/40 years untill school/variable speed zones.

You can be distracted by something or some idiot driver on the mobile all over the road and miss the signs and bingo there's a letter from the Hunter region 3/4/5/ weeks later with a bill for about $143 or worse and the loss of points.

The Labor member for Kogarah Ms Burton agrees "that motorists were being treated unfairly" at Kogarah and is "Lobbying to have the cameras moved" (See newspaper article)

I heard on 2GB News that Ms Burton is a senior adviser to Mr Carr, and by the date on the news clipping she has been lobbying for over 2 months now and the cameras haven't been "moved" as yet. But as she IS a senior adviser, things are bound to happen soon.

I say LEAVE the cameras there, put ten cameras there if you want, just add flashing lights too.

The NRMA wants flashing lights at Kogarah.

The staysafe committee chairman Mr Paul Gibson (Labor)says that there's "something wrong" with the site.
(This is where there is supposed to be a link to show what Mr Gibson said ,but I can't get this PC to do it.)
In the newspaper article in the shire leader he said "nobody in their right mind is fined or loses points,on purpose.Common sense dictates it is time to look at the road environment in the area"

WE DON'T NEED "AN ENQUIRY" OR "HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT IT". ACTION IS NEEDED.

I know one thing, that cranky drivers make cranky voters, and how many thousands and thousands of cranky voters will there be by the next election?

All the people that have emailed me agree that if we do need schoolzone at Kogarah, flashing lights are needed too.

With an overhead pedestrian bridge, a fence down the centre of the road and two sets of traffic lights is a school zone really necessary?

If this section of road is such a "black spot" that it needs two speed cameras, who gave permission to have that enormous advertising TV screen above one of the busiest intersections in the south (Cnr Rocky Point Rd and Princes Hwy
A static billboard is one thing, but to allow this gross distraction 100 meters from one of the speed cameras seems a little strange even hypocritical Maybe the RTA doesn't have a say over this sort of sign/TV but they can legally bulldoze a row of houses to widen a road, whether the home owners like it or not, so they do have a bit of clout.

Maybe Mr Costa as roads minister, if he is truly concerned about road safety, should have a chat to the mayor of Kogarah and the RTA staff that gave the OK.

If the land and environment court was involved, that shouldn't be a problem, it wasn't when there was an adverse ruling against the government at a waste trasfer facility..

Since writing the above I've rang the Kogarah council and was told that both the council and the rta had given permisson for ths TV/sign to be erected.

Hello Fellow Motorists

December 23rd, 2004

Story in Leader 23/12/2004 amp;

There was a photo here that was in the Leader newspaper which a passing reporter took on the first morning I was there. For some reason the archives are missing most photos

Thank you to the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader for the article in today's paper.

There is one point however I would like to clarify. I am NOT there to slow the motorists for the speed cameras.

I'm there to slow the drivers for the school children's safety.

That is the whole point of school zones. Even with all the signs and the two speed cameras, 49,500* drivers were caught speeding at this variable speed zone in the 12 months of 2003-2004.

Drivers are just NOT aware of when it is school zone time.

We ARE NOT all clock watchers, when we drive. So I feel it is my duty to help make this school zone safer for the children, until the RTA installs flashing lights at Kogarah to make drivers AWARE of school zone times.

* as this is a variable speed site, not all the drivers are caught during school zone times, but 'after-hours' when the speed limit is 60kms.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I stood at Kogarah during school zone times all Febuary 2005 slowing down cars and the story it's highs and lows are all in the archives section on the right of page.

I over the years recieved many emails here a three

December 19th, 2004

So far I have stood in the sun in a cheap Santa suit for six hours on Thursday and Friday during schoolzone time waving my ?It?s schoolzone time? sign slowing down numerous drivers to the 40km limit for the children?s safety. Coincidently they also avoided being caught by the ?Fixed Speed Camera? nearby.
There has been a friendly reaction from the passing drivers even a "thumbs up" from police Paddy wagon and and a wave from a truck of RTA employees

Just a thought about our police.

The next time you?re stopped and given a random breath test, say ?Thank you officer, you?re doing a good job?

Because the next drunk that is caught could?ve been the one that comes through a red light and puts you in the grave.

December 15th, 2004

Thank you for your interest.

Why am I dressed up in a santa suit? (I?m not really santa)
It?s to attract attention to this website and also because Santa loves children
The whole school zone thing has me worried.

The normal thing to say is ?They should do something? well I?m trying to be one of ?they? but I could do with a bit of help.

I feel that too many good careful drivers are being caught out at schoolzones.
So please spare me a little time as I?d like to get feedback, if you?ve been booked, and have had a good record before schoolzones.

I?d like to know your age as I think a lot of older drivers, who drive to the conditions, get caught. People who would never endanger children.

To mount an argument, I need statistics.

I have a lot of newspapers articles and photographs that I want to put on the site, however being a beginner with the internet, I'm having troubles putting them on. The site should be "perfect" soon.

Please contact me after you have had a look over the site.

Naughty Picture

December 11th, 2004

What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of a school zone? Does your heart skip a beat?

Do you say ?Oh dear? or worse and frantically look at your watch and speedo?

Did you ignore the warning signs?

You didn?t see them?

Is it because there are just too many signs?

Is it because it?s only at a certain time and only on school days?

Why DO drivers get caught out at school zones?
I think good drivers get caught ?out at school zones, because they don?t see the signs and they just don?t realize it is school zone time.
Driving a car becomes automatic. You look ahead driving at a normal safe speed and then all of a sudden you?re in a school zone.
How many good normal drivers with excellent or even unblemished driving record, get caught out at school zones?
Why would 2GB feel it would be a public service to warn it?s listeners both morning and afternoon when it?s school zone time.
It?s because they get so many complaints from drivers about the zones.

40 km/h school zones were introduced to help ensure school children?s safety before and after school. At face value, an excellent idea. But even with large signs and signs painted on the roadway, 49,500* drivers were detected speeding at one school zone in 12 months.
The RTA will admit that they never imagined that they would catch so many drivers, and still do, so long after school zones were introduced. They assumed drivers would learn.
Well 49,500* motorists in one year haven?t learnt and were endangering children.
Obviously signs alone, don?t work.
For the children?s sake, something more is needed.
At any place where the speed changes from the normally posted speed, as at school zones, road works etc, flashing lights are needed to make drivers aware of the ?new? speed.
WE DON?T NEED MORE ?TRIALS? THERE?S 49.500* REASONS AT KOGARAH ALONE, FOR FLASHING LIGHTS.

(DT Tuesday 12 October 2004)
State Labour MP for Kogarah Ms Cherie Burton has said, [St George and Sutherland Shire Leader 9/11/04] that while the cameras would have caught many dangerous drivers, other drivers were being treated unfairly and she is lobbying the RTA to have the cameras moved and ,Ms Burton is on the SAME team as Mr Scully the transport minister

The NRMA P & C Association and Pedestrian Council of Australia have all called for flashing lights to help motorists observe the limits. However, Mr Scully?s office said a study of an initial trial at 11 school zones was ?not conclusive?. The study found that motorists did slow down at some schools but not at others. In some cases drivers even increased their speed, the spokesman said.

Of course there are some drivers who take no notice of any road rule. These people think that rules don?t apply to them. They weave in and out of traffic, get on the back bumper of cars traveling at the correct speed to intimidate them, cut corners, don?t indicate, pass on double lines etc. These arrogant morons need to be caught and taken off the road.

How could flashing lights on school zone signs not work? If flashing lights wouldn?t attract driver?s attention, then why put them on police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, emergency vehicles and even on RTA vehicles. The RTA says that the benefit of flashing lights is ?not conclusive?.
Perhaps it?s because if they said that the flashing lights do work, then more pressure would be there to install them. If they say they don?t work, someone will prove that they do.
The NRMA did a survey and found that76% of drivers asked were in favour of flashing lights and I think the other 24% haven?t been caught yet.

With flashing lights normal law abiding people would slow down, that is the whole point of school zones. If they were aware of them, and the time, there wouldn?t be a problem.
Normal drivers would never endanger children.
We need flashing lights at the Kogarah school zone at least.

Leave the two speed cameras there and also put up flashing lights, use the existing timer on the speed camera to switch them on and off, then we?ll see how ?inconclusive? it is.

Looking at the figures from these two cameras alone and all the other sites, it?s quite obvious that signs alone don?t work. It?s not just the school zones with speed cameras that have the problem of unaware drivers. At any school drivers sail past all the signs, oblivious of doing wrong. SEE RTA?S Figures

Put up flashing lights and anyone then caught speeding at school zone time, and some will, fine them $500 no excuses and put the money raised to help fund more lights. What do you think?

*NB The speed camera site at Kogarah is a? variable speed? zone. So not all the 49,500 would be for school zone violations. However even if half were, that?s still a huge number of unaware drivers caught that pose a risk to children.

P Plate Driver Crisis

December 11th, 2004

To help ?Stop the carnage!? I would suggest that we should triple the number of highway patrol cars, and make all the new cars " UNMARKED"


Have you ever seen a "P" plater [or any other driver, for that matter] hoon past a marked police car?


Marked police cars as a "visible" deterrent have their place, but they only deter bad behaviour when visible.


Miscreants might think twice about driving in a dangerous unlawful manner, when that ?normal ? car nearby, could be a police car.


To stop frivolous complaints against police by disgruntled drivers, all car should be fitted with video to log the offences and this would
also guard against possible police corruption.


All cars to have two officers for safety.


We need more highway patrol not more cameras!


Highway patrol can catch the real culprit.


Fixed cameras only allow the registered owner of the vehicle to be fined, as speed and red light cameras don?t identify the driver.


Because they are on probation "P" platers can only make one "mistake" and automatically lose their license for three months with a second offence as they run out of points.

How many doting grandmothers are on the RTA?s records as being the nominated driver of a grandson?s ?he?s a good boy really? WRX or V8 ute caught by a speed or red light camera?


Highway patrol officers get the driver!


Then we need, [this is where we could have a bit of trouble] no nonsense magistrates or judges, that back up our police who endeavor to make our road safe. We need Courts that don?t listen to stories of broken homes and bed wetting. Drivers have to accept responsibility for their anti-social conduct. The ?P? on the P plate in my eyes stands for PRIVILEGE. It?s a privilege to be allowed to drive a car.


Extra driving training and education for learner drivers is on Mr Scully?s discussion paper. Will it work? Yes for some but what percentage? We ARE dealing with teenagers.


Do all teenagers take notice when told of the dangers of smoking, drugs, drinking and sex?





Even with speed restrictions and fewer demerit points, P plate drivers are abusing the privilege of driving a car, putting themselves, passengers and other road users at risk.
Teachers might find it a little difficult, to teach young people responsible road behaviour while they have to avoid flying chairs and warding off knife thrusts.

Over confidence, peer pressure, youth and testosterone will often negate all common sense. The loss of license will often be enough to educate some drivers.
But it?s the rat bag element who think rules aren?t meant for them that need more stern attention.

........................................................................


WHEEL CLAMPS WHEEL CLAMPS WHEEL CLAMPS
......................................................................


There is provision in law to confiscate (for a set period) the car of a driver caught doing ?burnouts Maybe the law could be amended to accommodate this idea

On passing the driving test, the new probationary driver is asked to sign a form to show they realise what will happen when road rules are broken
.It should be made clear that driving if disqualified is?. NOT an option. Anyone caught while driving while disqualified has his/her car wheel clamped, (with an official RTA wheelclamp) at their home for say, 6 months. NO EXCUSES. This would remind this person of their bad behavior every time they walked past it, and there would be no storage problem for the RTA.

If the wheel clamped vehicle is moved for ANY reason without official permission, it is confiscated and sold. No exceptions.
Tough problems need tough action.

The ?P? plate driver could be caught driving disqualified using the family car.
What then?

Then the onus is on the owner [the parents] to make SURE that this person doesn?t drive while disqualified
.

If he/her can?t be trusted not to drive, buy a good steering lock and keep the key under the tongue, because the car WILL be wheel clamped if the disqualified person is caught in it, and with all the extra highway patrol cars that would be a distinct possibility.


It is law to have a firearm under lock and key ? Penalties apply


A car in the wrong hands, is just as dangerous, so make sure it can?t be driven.
.......................................................................


Update 16/2/07

Reading back through the above, Ex Justice Marcus Einfield comes to mind for some reason.
......................................................................


Update 25/6/07


This announcement was in the paper





So I sent this into the Telegraph and it made the 22/6/07 edition.



Differing speed zones

December 11th, 2004

TO GET BACK TO MAIN PAGE CLICK ON SANTA AT TOP OF PAGE

(110)(100)(90)(80)(70)(60)(50)(40)(10)(variable)

What Next?

A man in front of the car waving a white flag? Where is the common sense in 10 different speed zones? Do you always know what the speed limit is wherever you are?

We must drive at a safe speed and obey the other road rules. To have speed limits constantly changing can be very confusing and stressful especially, if on unfamiliar roads and you?ve missed a sign post. On any trip now it?s not ?ARE WE THERE YET?? but ?WHAT SPEED IS IT HERE??

Normal experienced good drivers don?t need the signs. They drive at a safe speed for the conditions. Those that don?t drive SAFELY need to be punished. This is by police who need to be able to use a bit of discretion. If an officer in a patrol car sees someone driving in an unsafe manner they should be able to take appropriate action, whatever the speed. Booking a driver doing 55km/h in a deserted section of a 50km/h posted road does nothing but cause animosity. However it can be highly dangerous and yet technically legal to drive at 50km/h through a busy suburban shopping centre. We need common sense law enforcement.
The mish-mash collection of speed zones we have now makes criminals of us all. I?ve yet to see anyone do 10 km/h in the ?shared zone? in Eton St Sutherland.Which raises a question.

Can someone tell me who is at fault if a car runs over a pedestrian who uses the speed humps in the "shared zone" as a pretend pedestrian crossing, the driver , the pedestrian, the council or the ratepayer.

It wasn?t so long ago when we had 3 speed limits, 35 mph in the city, LSZ (limited speed zone) on the outskirts of town and unlimited speed out of town.

There?s no fun in just going for a drive anymore.

Give the good sensible drivers a bit of slack.

Is there Corporate Responsibility in Advertising?

December 11th, 2004

TO GET BACK TO MAIN PAGE CLICK ON SANTA AT TOP OF PAGE.

The advertising industry has a ?code of standards?. What is it?

I think it is to charge a lot of money to show how to target a market to sell your product, even if the method used is irresponsible.

Another three young people and an unborn child die in a road accident (DT 25 November 2004). A car is torn apart which would indicate speed. What a tragic loss of life and sorrow for their families. To help stop this sort of carnage on our roads, there should be a ban on all car advertising which emphasize speed.

To have a slogan ?there?s no holding back? and to depict a young father speeding down a narrow road with a young child in the back child seat, both with stupid grins on their faces, is totally irresponsible in my view. Then to show this advertisement on television during the rugby league final with a big? P? plate audience, it?s no wonder we have the number of deaths on our roads and all the young drivers and passengers whose lives are ruined through injury in car smashes.

GMH has the slogan ?There?s no holding back?. What does this suggest? To me it does not mean ?to show restraint?

The passengers killed in the above mentioned smash would have had a chance if the driver in that car, HAD held back!
At the funeral of this driver it was said ?He lived his life for a good time, not a long time.?
The precious little unborn baby had no time at all, good or otherwise.

On the radio at the moment there is an advertisement for the new Mitsubishi Colt. A mother is depicted day dreaming at the traffic lights, revving the engine continuously until her young son tells her that the lights have changed[to green] amid the sound of car horns, from presumably cars behind. Above all this, the? voice over? person tells us about the car?s powerful new Maytec engine with the catchphrase, ?engineered to excite?. This tells me to buy this small car because even though, it?s a small car it does have a powerful engine. and the revving at the lights, would that be setting a good example to a young son?

In the advertisement for the new Holden ute, we don?t see the vehicle but from behind a fence with a sign saying ?Private Property? there is smoke from what I assume, tyres and the sound of the roar of a powerful engine. If a young person buys a ute like this and hasn?t got access to ?Private Property? where does he do burnouts to impress his mates? Show a little responsibility GMH and stop the brainwashing of our kids, that cars to own, must be able to exceed all our speed limits in second gear.
Ford isn?t blameless. What is meant by NO BOUNDARIES on their advertising? Are speed limits boundaries? Are double lines boundaries?

There has been a win of sorts.

Reported in the Sunday Telegraph 5 December 2004, this ad for the new Holden ute has been ?pulled? due to ?a number of complaints? to the Advertising Standards Bureau.

A Holden spokeswomen said the ad did not depict speeding and was meant to demonstrate the driving characteristics of the new Holden ute ?in a responsible and entertaining way?.

In the ad for the ute all we see is smoke and hear the roar of the engine from behind a fence. How does that show the ?handling characteristics? of the ute? If she is reported accurately, I can only assume that this spokeswomen could have been promoted into her job after selling used cars in a ?dodgy brothers? car franchise.

She thinks there is nothing wrong with this ad.

Who allows these advertisements with this content to be published and broadcast? responsible adults?

All this sort of advertising would stop if all media (TV, papers and radio) just said NO to all advertisements which emphasize speed and power to sell cars.

The car companies WOULD still advertise but just change content.
........................................................................
Update
!3/9/05
The car ads are getting better and the "There's no holding back" nonsense has gone as is the "No Boundries".

We've just had naked people buying a new car. Does this mean that there's no money left for clothes after buying this model.

Update 16/11/07

Latest Holden ad goes through the engine power of their cars over the years including the latest model's hp reading and ends with the line

"GO HARD"

What does that imply?