The new road-safety campaign highlights graphically the difference that just 5 km/h can make. What about the gruesome impact of strapping a hundred kilos of steel on the front of vehicles, in the form of unnecessary and selfish bullbars? They turn injuries into fatalities more effectively than 5 km/h. From an economic and engineering point of view, there is no justification for bullbars on urban roads. However, politically, it seems untouchable.
A palatable compromise is to exclude bullbars from School Safety Zones. Not only are motorists used to observing special restrictions on these well-signed areas, but the good sense involved is obvious: little kids, distracted parents and cyclists abound. Surely a bullbar-free pick-up and drop-off for the kids is not too much to ask from those intrepid annual bush-bashers.