Safety

Time to rethink road safety, says campaigner

The police holiday road safety campaign has done little to reduce fatal road accidents, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“In 2012 there were no fatalities over Easter. In 2013 there were three, despite a tough anti-speeding campaign. Now we have an even worse road toll for Easter 2014. Could the police please admit the obvious: that their campaigns haven’t worked?"

Reversing cameras to be compulsory in the U.S.

The U.S. government will require all new vehicles to have reversing cameras from 2018.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fitting of reversing cameras “enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.”

The car review website dogandlemon.com welcomes the U.S. move.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who has campaigned to make reversing cameras compulsory, says:

Safety campaigner slams ‘Safekids’ over driveway accidents

The policies of the Safekids organisation have failed to reduce the high number of deaths on New Zealand driveways, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“Safekids is mainly trying to stop driveway deaths by telling people to drive safely. 30 years of international studies have shown that telling people to drive safely simply doesn’t work.”

ESC announcement too little, too late, says safety campaigner

The New Zealand government's announcement that Electronic Stability Control will become compulsory on new vehicles, is too little, too late, says the car review website dogandlemon.com

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who spent many years campaigning for ESC to be compulsory, welcomes the government’s announcement, but says that it’s far too friendly to the car industry.

Fines and disqualification do not reduce offending, says major study.

A government policy to disqualify drivers who don't pay traffic fines is doomed to failure, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

"Fines and the threat of disqualification have little effect on driver behaviour, and often make a bad situation worse. Fines work as a deterrent for middle-class people with reasonable incomes. However, they are often largely ineffective against the two highest risk groups of road users – teenagers and poor people."

Make car reversing cameras compulsory – expert

All vehicles – new and old – should be required to have reversing cameras, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, was commenting after the latest serious accident caused by a vehicle reversing over a young child.

“I’m sick of the authorities wringing their hands and acting as if these accidents were simply tragedies beyond anyone’s control. This is bullshit. There’s a simple technological fix: fit reversing cameras, so drivers can see what’s behind them.”

‘Maggot’ comments the tip of the iceberg, says safety campaigner.

A blogger who referred to cyclists as ‘road maggots’ represents the views of an alarming minority of road users, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

“Blogger Cameron Slater is not alone: he’s the tip of the iceberg. Most bigots aren’t as honest or as upfront as Slater, but they have the same basic attitude.”

Anti-speeding campaign hasn’t lowered holiday road toll

The tragic holiday road toll is proof that tough anti-speeding campaigns, by themselves, do little to reduce accidents, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“When the holiday road toll drops, the police claim credit. When the holiday road toll rises, as it did this year, the police blame the motorists. They can’t have it both ways.”

Ticketing mums and dads won’t lower road toll, say experts.

Three respected experts have strongly criticised the police anti-speed ad campaign.

Criminology professor Greg Newbold, road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson and marketing expert Dr Terry Macpherson, say:

“This feelgood police anti-speeding ad campaign is clearly aimed at happy holiday families. Unfortunately, the government’s own research shows that happy holiday families rarely cause fatal accidents.”

Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website dogandlemon.com, adds:

Reduced holiday speed tolerance a waste of time, says safety campaigner

The police’s reduced speed tolerance, which will be enforced over the two summer months, will be of little benefit to road safety, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“However much the government tries to massage the figures, the reality is that about 80% of fatalities occur at speeds below the legal limit. Therefore, to claim that ticketing mildly speeding drivers will substantially lower the road toll is simply nonsense.”