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In-ground traffic lights for smombies

Thursday, 02 June 2016

There’s a new word for people using smart phones without looking up to see where they’re going – “smombies”.

The Germans coined the word to combine “smart phone” and “zombie”. One enterprising German city in Bavaria has introduced in-ground traffic lights so texters don’t even have to look up.

Read more: In-ground traffic lights for smombies


Should traffic fines be based on income?

Monday, 30 May 2016

New South Wales has the most expensive CTP insurance in Australia but, during 2014-15, South Australia had the highest average traffic fine of $410. A report by Australia Institute claims this hits low income earners too hard and proposes Australia adopt the Finnish method of basing fines on income.

Read more: Should traffic fines be based on income?



Wednesday, 04 May 2016

You didn’t imagine this – it is taking longer for you to drive to work. Sydney’s roads are becoming more and more congested, peak hour is stretching out, and upgrading roads only makes a short-term difference.

Read more: Congestion!


Mobiles turn us into wonky walkers

Thursday, 25 February 2016

It’s a familiar sight – somebody walking across the road while stabbing at their mobile phone. Who has not felt a bit frustrated with the pedestrian who is so captivated by their device that they don’t look where they are going?

The fact is more pedestrians died on NSW roads in 2015 than 2014. There were 61 fatalities in 2015, compared to 41 in 2014, and they made up 17.5% of all deaths on the road. Sadly, 17-25 year olds have the second highest risk of death as pedestrians (after older pedestrians, 75 years and over).

Read more: Mobiles turn us into wonky walkers


Not so crash hot: NSW road toll

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Nearly 350 people died on the roads in NSW last year, according to preliminary 2015 traffic crash figures from Centre of Road Safety.

Drinking and driving

  • The number of drivers affected by alcohol in a fatal crash fell 22%, compared to the 2012-14 average.

Read more: Not so crash hot: NSW road toll


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