Flashing lights are here ....sort of

January 4th, 2007
There are a number of schools I've seen that have had flashing lights installed as promised. But is it just a token PR gesture rather than making drivers aware of school zone times? Are they the cheaper version? No All but two I've seen, are solar… more »

Tunnel trouble

December 27th, 2006
Radio news today said that the Kings cross tunnel is in receivership. This was in the paper last week A Telegraph reader thinks the same as I do more »

Do as I say

December 11th, 2006
Last Friday I was passed (I was travelling under 80 kmh)on the Woranora bridge by a police station wagon going up towards Menai and I followed him/her left off the start of the Bangor bypass up onto Menai rd. Then in front of me about 15-20 meters… more »

THE REPORT

November 19th, 2006
On the RTA web site I found the Flashing light report. 111 Pages of graphs, tables and lots of words . It didn't say how much the report cost though. This was the summary of the 111 pages So it appears that the most effective ,was lights mounted on the… more »

Woronora Cemetary: Posted 28 June 09

November 12th, 2006
WORONORA CEMETARY The Sutherland Shire has a beautiful final resting place for it's citizens called Woronora Cemetery and Crematorium, situated not far from Sutherland station, and where I have for years taken our two dogs for… more »

At long Last

October 30th, 2006
The 100 lights are to cost $7.2 million,obviously they aren't using Peter Olsen style lights. Nothing is mentioned in the story about installing flashing lights at Kogarah. This area is so dangerous for children that there are 2 sets of speed cameras… more »

Headmaster control

October 11th, 2006
................................................................. This idea was mentioned on talk back radio yesterday but no one mentioned that to be able to switch on the lights at other times on school days would be beneficial. EG. When buses load… more »

How to reduce deaths of young drivers.

October 3rd, 2006
This was the heading of a letter to the editor, Sunday Telegraph Oct 1/ 06 .................................................................. I am writing to you about the increasing numbers of deaths of young drivers on our roads. I am 24 and have a… more »

P Platers and promises

September 25th, 2006
There has been more in the papers about the behavior of P plate drivers and the increasing numbers killed and injured in accidents. Unless there are more Police on the road in unmarked cars to catch those that flout the law and confiscate or wheel clamp… more »

STILL WORKING

September 6th, 2006
Peter Olsen's cheap home made School Zone warning lights at Lurgano are still flashing away. I drove past this morning at 5 past 8 and there they were, plain to see for all and sundry that it was school zone time and the legal speed limit was 40 kmh.… more »

It's who you know and who you are.

August 30th, 2006
In the "P" plate driver category and many other pages I said that we need more highway patol cars to catch bad drivers as drivers who now go through speed cameras and traffic light cameras can blame someone else. A highway patol officer can book the… more »

They Work

August 29th, 2006
I e-mailed this letter into a letters page but it was not printed. It was a shame that the letter didn't make the cut, as I wanted to help highlight the fact that these lights are doing the job. more »

Person Power

August 23rd, 2006
Peter Olsens took on the RTA with a common sense idea of cheap but effective flashing warning lights at school zones and having the media and voting motorists on side, the RTA/GOV could do nothing else but let him trial his lights. I agree with Peter… more »

Car park Safety

August 3rd, 2006
I very rarely drive past a commuter car park at Sutherland and not glance at the spot where there is a memorial plaque usually with flowers that have been put there by someone from the funeral place nearby. This is how the car park looked when poor… more »

People Power

July 21st, 2006
The RTA made a big mistake to take down lights that were slowing traffic at school zones put up by Peter with the eyes and cameras of the media watching. On Monday Channel Nine were there. On Tues afternoon when they came to stop this illegal operation… more »

A mexican Stand off?

July 19th, 2006
I wrote on the 30 March, 11 April and the 19th of May about Peter of Lurgano who has made up sets of simple orange flashing lights. These lights are great and he did a very professional job at a fraction of the cost of the RTA's Super dooper ones. Last… more »

I'm not alone

July 1st, 2006
In this mornings Telegraph was this letter ......................................................................... ......................................................................... Mr Sugden is right on the money. Put flashing lights at school… more »

Is NSW Broke, or just badly run?

June 29th, 2006
Here are some NSW projects as reported the Sunday Telegraph The NSW Government was forced into saying they'll start the rollout of the "flashing lights" at school zones at years end. The system chosen will cost $300 million. Look back at the list of… more »

Circumstances have changed

June 20th, 2006
Reading in the Sunday Telegraph about the number of state government projects that are way over budget and way behind schedule, hospitals, police stations,schools etc, I can't see a real serious "roll out" of flashing lights outside schools happening… more »

How many?

June 9th, 2006
Today Friday, is the start of double dermerit points because of the Queen's birthday weekend. How many unsuspecting drivers will loose 8 points for forgetting school zone time. Two years ago it was a fine and two points for upto 15 kmh over the speed… more »

People Power

June 6th, 2006
People power does work. If enough people jump up and down things happen. Last week "They" said that the Snowy power scheme would be sold, and now it won't be sold. We were told that the roads around the Cross city tunnel couldn't be reopened, and now… more »

Foxtel pay TV

June 1st, 2006
Last week 2GB had a man from Foxtel on to tell everyone about the new "cheaper" plan that Foxtel now has. Listeners were invited to call in with questions. Big mistake, Of the eight or so that came on air, all but one, were complaints. "Why were there… more »

Will extra policing work ?

May 31st, 2006
Radio news tells us today that Police have to monitor school zones every day. This is to educate drivers with fines and demerit points, and with the planed extra 50 speed cameras for school zones, they should reap a bountiful harvest and get a lot of… more »

A selection of letters I've sent to the editor

May 29th, 2006
What's this? comes up sometimes when I try to work this PC. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/new-laws-ready-to-target-anti-social-behaviour-this-weekend/story-e6freuy9-1226148482438 Readers of The Daily Telegraph would have asked the same question… more »

At Long Last.

May 22nd, 2006
The announcement has come at last. We are (alledgedly) getting flashing lights to help NSW drivers at School Zones. I say alledgedly, because politicians have promised things before, and "circumstances change" and then there is a change of promised… more »

Back to school zones

May 19th, 2006
The older drivers made news for a while with different ideas on a solution, but then came the mine rescue and that preoccupied everybody and now School zones are again to the fore after a number of accidents outside, or near schools… more »

Another case of competency?

May 6th, 2006

COMPETENT

April 30th, 2006
An elderly driver apparently lost control while reversing a car and ran over a number of people in Dubbo NSW. The report in the paper didn't give an age of the driver but a TV item later said she was 85. I'm not saying she was at fault in this case, but… more »

Anyone can miss School zones.

April 25th, 2006
This article was in the Sunday Telegraph (16 April) ................................................................... .................................................................... I e-mailed a letter and it was printed in the Sunday Telegraph… more »

I Don't recall

April 20th, 2006
................................................................... ................................................................... Mr Oldfield should tell his wife that if one of her "Flaky friends" drive her car, then they should obey the speed… more »