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Speeding hurts people and your pocket

Your chances of getting caught speeding in NSW are now higher than ever. Since it removed warning signs, NSW government has netted nine times more revenue from mobile speed cameras. Fines were $3.4 million in January 2021, from only $382,000 in January 2020. That doesn’t include fines issued by fixed cameras and police. Meanwhile, it’s still not obvious speed cameras are saving lives. Read More

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Daft and not so daft road rules

There are some daft and not so daft road rules in Australia and you may not even know they exist. We tend to forget a lot of what we had to learn to pass driving tests. But it’s debatable how useful some of those rules are. For example, how many Western Australians carry heavy sacks of potatoes in their cars? Who today ties a goat to their vehicle in Victoria? Read More

Who gets the speeding tickets?

Nearly half (45%) of all road deaths in NSW in the year up to August 2020 involved speeding. Did you know some people are more likely to speed than others? It depends on which vehicle they drive, what they do for a living, and whether they are male or female. Read More

It’s the limit: drink driving

More than 200 Australians die and many more are seriously injured each year because of drink driving. On average, drink driving causes around 18% of all road deaths in this country. Some experts think the best approach is to lower the alcohol limit to .02 or even zero. Read More

Who are the worst drivers, actually?

Over half of Australian parents admit to breaking the law while their kids are in the car. Apparently, owners of high status cars are not much better and tend to flout traffic rules too. NRMA even found luxury sedan owners were 29% more likely than other drivers to be involved in collisions. So who are the worst drivers? Read More

Middle aged men are dying on the roads

Middle aged men now have more chance of dying on NSW roads than young people. Latest figures for 2019 show 13 more men aged 30-59 lost their lives in 2019, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, there was a historic low of 14 deaths of young people 17-20. Why are men of all ages still the main casualties? Read More

Young volunteers improve their driving skills in telematics trial

Earlier this year the NSW government ran a 6-month trial of telematics with young volunteer drivers in Western Sydney. Results show telematics installed in vehicles helped improve driving skills and could potentially boost road safety. These findings also reflect the global trend towards offering usage based insurance to all vehicle owners. Read More

Is speed the best predictor of crashes?

Speed and speed cameras are controversial topics in Australia. The prevailing belief is that speed kills. Even so, the presence of speed cameras does not seem to be lowering deaths on the road. Some say our driving skills are just not good enough. Is it possible our obsession with speed is stopping us from seeing the real problem? Read More

Long commutes are getting longer

If you drive to work in Sydney, you probably know it’s taking longer than it used to. The average return commute is now 71 minutes. Sydneysiders endure much the same commute time as drivers in Ankara in Turkey, San Diego in the USA and St Petersburg in Russia. Meanwhile, the 71 minute average obscures the fact many people spend hours commuting in their car. Read More

Should we be warned about speed cameras?

The NSW Auditor General recently recommended Transport for NSW remove speed camera warning signs. In Victoria, where there are no warning signs, a lot more motorists are fined for speeding. The AG report says NSW speed cameras catch only 1 in a thousand motorists and it’s time to step up the speed camera program. Read More