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From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Bullbars in School Safety Zones

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.



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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

You should ask a close friend to give you a smack on the back of your head. Given it is of sufficient intensity you might actually move forward, out of the place you are stuck in.
I see adults smoking in their cars everyday while children have no choice but to breath in the poison they exhale. Are they some of the same ones who demand that bullbars be outlawed?
I see cyclists that ride through red lights and agnore other road rules. Are they some of the same ones who demand respect from drivers?
It seems to me that we must accept some differences of opinion in society and just 'get on with it'.
Can you????

Thursday, March 09, 2006 5:36:00 pm  
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Blogger Greg vented ...

I see critical thinking is not your forte. We shouldn't take care of children because some parents smoke in the car? We don't need to look out for cyclists because some of them run red lights?

At first blush, your reasoning suggests that you've suffered a brain injury. But given that you clearly own and operate a bullbar-blighted vehicle - and hence don't ride, walk or visit the outdoors - you couldn't have got it through an accident. More likely your rude fathead has squashed your selfish brain and starved it of oxygen. All the logic and compassion has been squeezed out.

I have had other pro-bullbar comments on this blog that are comparatively well-thought-out. Run along and read those before embarrassing yourself any further here.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 6:13:00 pm  
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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

Nice attempt at a come-back Greg, although not very original. Perhaps you have political ambitions since you move directly to the personal insult.
I do not own or operate a "bullbar-blighted vehicle" so I guess that your observation is not so clear afterall. I simply express my view that the 'blinkered' approach that many of the soap box mounted do-gooders have is not practical or rational.
Have a look at the real issues that are harming our children, like why three innocent children can be out at night playing on a railway track. Was it the fault of that big metal bar on the train that they died? or perhaps irresponsible parents?
Have a nice day.

Monday, March 13, 2006 6:52:00 pm  
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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

The reason trains have had cow-catchers (the "big metal bar") for hundreds of years is because trains derail easily, from as little as a tree trunk fallen across the tracks.

Keeping the trains on the tracks and preventing their unsteerable tons from killing many hundreds of passengers and/or bystanders is therefore calculatedly in the greater good. Bullbars in urban areas are a very poor analogy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:03:00 am  
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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

By the way, what other ills of society must Greg address before he is "allowed" to mention bullbars? Must he solve world poverty? Cure cancer?

It's laughable that you'd bring up poor parenting in response to the bullbar argument. Keeping to the urban transport context - do you think other road safety laws such as drink driving and speed controls should be removed if some people have "differences of opinion"?

Not that I'm against mandatory parenting skills testing, OTOH. Twice-yearly theory and practical tests for current and expecting parents would solve hell of a lot more of the world's problems than just road deaths.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 7:45:00 pm  

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