Just near where we live, is one of Australia 's worst black spots. A black spot, for those of you who don't know this term, is a stretch of road where there are a lot of road accidents and deaths. It is part of the Pacific Highway and in this spot the road is quite bendy and is two single lanes with no barrier in between. Once a week as I drive on this part of the highway I am reminded of all the people who have died on this stretch of road as white crosses are placed on the roadside.
Recently there was a horrific accident where a ute hit a truck and the truck went into a house and two people were killed and seven injured while they sept. It was awful and when these things happen in our patch of the world it is again a horrible wake up call to all of us that live here. This stretch of road is scheduled to upgraded, actually completely bypassed, as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
When this tragedy occured there was immediate outrage from the community. Protest organised and letters written to the local member all immediately blaming this dangerous stretch of road. The speed limit was immediately changed from 60km/h to 50km/h but then later it transpired that the driver who caused the accident was 3 times over the legal limit. Basically very drunk.
How can we blame "the road" for accidents when they are all too often caused by people driving drunk, speeding or just basically driving like dickheads!
Every week at work I see people who have had multiple drink driving offenses. I have been at pubs and parties and seen people leave who have been intoxicated and I know they are going to drive. I know that everyday there are people driving around our small town intoxicated. This is not always about the road, yes the road can be dangerous when it is slippery and raining or there are unexpected bends and twists but isn't it ultimately about human behaviour? About being responsible and driving to the conditions?
So what do you do? what is the answer? Would love to know your thoughts on this...