From: alx on
"Runaway road toll blamed on rise in motorcycle use" (article below)

So, 94 extra deaths than last year, of which the increased motorcycle
deaths represents less than a quarter (21 increase).

Take out the bicycles (increase of 8..more than doubled..) and still
left with a conclusion that runaway road toll should be blamed on rise
in cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians as the majority contributor to
the increase (breakdown unknown from article).

Yes, as per usual, motorcyclists are over-represented in the stats as
a proportion of road users however is it statistically valid to assert
that the "runaway" toll increase is to be blamed ("a major cause of
the sharp increase ") on a group that (by numbers) represents less
than a third of the increase compared with non-2 wheeled deaths? (65)

Darn stats! Always makes for a good story and headline.

*****************

http://www.smh.com.au/national/runaway-road-toll-blamed-on-rise-in-motorcycle-use-20091120-iqva.html

ROAD safety experts say the growing popularity of motorcycles and the
recovery in the economy are behind the spike in the state's road toll.

The director of the NSW Government's Centre for Road Safety, Soames
Job, said a major cause of the sharp increase in the road toll - up
from 321 deaths in 2008 to 415 deaths in 2009, as of Wednesday - was
the increase in ''two-wheel vehicles''.

He said that as of midnight on Thursday, motorcycle fatalities stood
at 65 for 2009, compared with 44 fatalities for the same time last
year, while the number of deaths of bicycle riders had more than
doubled in the same period, from six to 14.

The Minister for Transport, David Campbell, said that following the
steep rise this year - even before the traditional Christmas party
season begins - the Government held an emergency road safety meeting
and implemented an action plan. It included increasing the number of
highway patrol officers and deploying them in known black spots and
introducing hard-line sanctions for high-level speeding offences.

''This year's road toll has already surpassed last year's total and
that is simply not good enough,'' he told the Herald.

Two children, aged 11 and 15, were killed and two teenagers critically
injured on the mid-North Coast late on Thursday night after the car
they were travelling in crashed into a power pole at high speed.

Police said a 16-year-old female learner driver had taken the 2004
model Mazda 3 sedan out unsupervised.

Senior Constable Jason Bentley, of the Port Macquarie Crash Unit,
said: ''They were travelling at high speed and overtaking other cars …
and there were a lot of witnesses. She panicked as she was overtaking
the cars and lost control.''

Dr Job said motorcyclists and cyclists were especially at risk riding
on sharp curves on country roads or at busy city intersections. He has
raised the possibility of new laws requiring the riders of mopeds and
motor scooters to wear protective clothing in addition to helmets.

In January, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reported that
motorcycle sales had ''soared to record levels''.

Dr Stuart Newstead, a senior researcher at Monash University's
Accident Research Centre, said motorcycles had increased in popularity
because of traffic congestion in cities such as Sydney, easier parking
and drivers wanting vehicles that were cheaper to run and, in many
cases, created lower carbon emissions. But with their popularity came
a 25 per cent increase in motorcycle fatalities since 2004.

Dr Newstead also suggested higher overall road tolls were often
related to growing affluence because the wealthier people felt, the
more discretionary trips they made in their cars. Economic growth also
meant more trucks carting goods were on the road, increasing
motorists' exposure to risk of an accident.
From: Nev.. on
alx wrote:
> "Runaway road toll blamed on rise in motorcycle use" (article below)
>
> So, 94 extra deaths than last year, of which the increased motorcycle
> deaths represents less than a quarter (21 increase).
>
> Take out the bicycles (increase of 8..more than doubled..) and still
> left with a conclusion that runaway road toll should be blamed on rise
> in cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians as the majority contributor to
> the increase (breakdown unknown from article).
>
> Yes, as per usual, motorcyclists are over-represented in the stats as
> a proportion of road users however is it statistically valid to assert
> that the "runaway" toll increase is to be blamed ("a major cause of
> the sharp increase ") on a group that (by numbers) represents less
> than a third of the increase compared with non-2 wheeled deaths? (65)
>
> Darn stats! Always makes for a good story and headline.
>
> *****************
>
> http://www.smh.com.au/national/runaway-road-toll-blamed-on-rise-in-motorcycle-use-20091120-iqva.html
>
> ROAD safety experts say the growing popularity of motorcycles and the
> recovery in the economy are behind the spike in the state's road toll.
>
> The director of the NSW Government's Centre for Road Safety, Soames
> Job, said a major cause of the sharp increase in the road toll - up
> from 321 deaths in 2008 to 415 deaths in 2009, as of Wednesday - was
> the increase in ''two-wheel vehicles''.
>
> He said that as of midnight on Thursday, motorcycle fatalities stood
> at 65 for 2009, compared with 44 fatalities for the same time last
> year, while the number of deaths of bicycle riders had more than
> doubled in the same period, from six to 14.
>
> The Minister for Transport, David Campbell, said that following the
> steep rise this year - even before the traditional Christmas party
> season begins - the Government held an emergency road safety meeting
> and implemented an action plan. It included increasing the number of
> highway patrol officers and deploying them in known black spots and
> introducing hard-line sanctions for high-level speeding offences.
>
> ''This year's road toll has already surpassed last year's total and
> that is simply not good enough,'' he told the Herald.

And this is exactly the point where the police and politicians who are
"responsible" (ie the ones who take all of the credit if the road toll
decreases) need to explain why they have failed. We constantly hear
about changes to laws, increased restrictions, increased enforcement etc
to make the roads safer, and yet clearly this is not the case. It's so
easy for them to take all of the credit in any reductions and then blame
'motorists' for any increases in the toll. It's a dream job. They
can't lost. The public and the media should be hanging them upside down
from a building by their toenails demanding an explanation for the
increase in the road toll.

Nev..
'08 DL1000K8
From: hippo on
alx wrote:
>
> "Runaway road toll blamed on rise in motorcycle use" (article below)
>
> So, 94 extra deaths than last year, of which the increased motorcycle
> deaths represents less than a quarter (21 increase).
>
> Take out the bicycles (increase of 8..more than doubled..) and still
> left with a conclusion that runaway road toll should be blamed on rise
> in cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians as the majority contributor to
> the increase (breakdown unknown from article).
>
> Yes, as per usual, motorcyclists are over-represented in the stats as
> a proportion of road users however is it statistically valid to assert
> that the "runaway" toll increase is to be blamed ("a major cause of
> the sharp increase ") on a group that (by numbers) represents less
> than a third of the increase compared with non-2 wheeled deaths? (65)
>
> Darn stats! Always makes for a good story and headline.
>
> *****************
>
> http://fat.ly/66uug
>
> ROAD safety experts say the growing popularity of motorcycles and the
> recovery in the economy are behind the spike in the state's road toll.
>
> The director of the NSW Government's Centre for Road Safety, Soames
> Job, said a major cause of the sharp increase in the road toll - up
> from 321 deaths in 2008 to 415 deaths in 2009, as of Wednesday - was
> the increase in ''two-wheel vehicles''.
>
> He said that as of midnight on Thursday, motorcycle fatalities stood
> at 65 for 2009, compared with 44 fatalities for the same time last
> year, while the number of deaths of bicycle riders had more than
> doubled in the same period, from six to 14.
>
> The Minister for Transport, David Campbell, said that following the
> steep rise this year - even before the traditional Christmas party
> season begins - the Government held an emergency road safety meeting
> and implemented an action plan. It included increasing the number of
> highway patrol officers and deploying them in known black spots and
> introducing hard-line sanctions for high-level speeding offences.
>
> ''This year's road toll has already surpassed last year's total and
> that is simply not good enough,'' he told the Herald.
>
> Two children, aged 11 and 15, were killed and two teenagers critically
> injured on the mid-North Coast late on Thursday night after the car
> they were travelling in crashed into a power pole at high speed.
>
> Police said a 16-year-old female learner driver had taken the 2004
> model Mazda 3 sedan out unsupervised.
>
> Senior Constable Jason Bentley, of the Port Macquarie Crash Unit,
> said: ''They were travelling at high speed and overtaking other cars �
> and there were a lot of witnesses. She panicked as she was overtaking
> the cars and lost control.''
>
> Dr Job said motorcyclists and cyclists were especially at risk riding
> on sharp curves on country roads or at busy city intersections. He has
> raised the possibility of new laws requiring the riders of mopeds and
> motor scooters to wear protective clothing in addition to helmets.
>
> In January, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reported that
> motorcycle sales had ''soared to record levels''.
>
> Dr Stuart Newstead, a senior researcher at Monash University's
> Accident Research Centre, said motorcycles had increased in popularity
> because of traffic congestion in cities such as Sydney, easier parking
> and drivers wanting vehicles that were cheaper to run and, in many
> cases, created lower carbon emissions. But with their popularity came
> a 25 per cent increase in motorcycle fatalities since 2004.
>
> Dr Newstead also suggested higher overall road tolls were often
> related to growing affluence because the wealthier people felt, the
> more discretionary trips they made in their cars. Economic growth also
> meant more trucks carting goods were on the road, increasing
> motorists' exposure to risk of an accident.
>
>

Just looking at that final paragraph, if we get a significant amount of
long haul freight back onto rail instead of road, that should help matters
too. I suppose that even, "More Rail Freight Could Curb Savage Road Toll"
wouldn't sell quite as many papers though. Cheers

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From: CrazyCam on
Hammo wrote:

<snip>

> Sorry, I wasn't clear.
> Does his comment mean that he is describing powered two wheeled bikes other
> than motorcycles as either mopeds or scooters?

I dunno <shrug>, but I'd expect someone in his position to know that a
moped is a class of vehicle which doesn't exist in NSW.

I wonder if this Job character has any kind of certificate to show that
he knows what he is doing? :-P

regards,
CrazyCam
From: Lars Chance on
Hammo wrote:

> Sorry, I wasn't clear.
> Does his comment mean that he is describing powered two wheeled bikes other
> than motorcycles as either mopeds or scooters?
>
Wouldn't it be wonderful to think that someone in Govco actually
understands enough about two-wheelers to know what the "ped" in moped means!

On another tack; non-motorised treadlies generally go a bog-load faster
than motorised ones do so it'd be peculiar that they'd be omitted if
that's the case. (1)

(1) We don't have (legal) petrol ones in my state so I'm only basing
that on the electric ones I see.

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Elsie.
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