The holiday period is usually a time for rest and relaxation. As thousands of Australians take to the highways to go on holidays, visit love ones and see friends the government takes aim at their wallet. Fines will be handed out and demerit points taken away with a crack down on all Australians in the name of road safety.
The truth is that road casualties have been on the decline over the last few years. Police target drivers during this period to meet a quota of fines. Unfair speed limits which fail to recognise that road engineering and cars are much better than they were 30 years ago when current limits were introduced make, unrealistic speed limits look like a revenue raising exercise.
The Hume highway is 4 lanes wide with a divider and roadside barrier for almost its entire length, yet it only reaches a maximum 110km/h limit.
The Liberal Democrats believes traffic laws should strike a better balance between safety and efficient travel. Australia is a large country in which motor vehicles are a vital means of transport. Our traffic laws need to strike a balance between safety and the need for efficient travel over long distances.