Sheep who drive cars, and those who support them

 
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
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I am sick to the gills of the smeg-tard, solo-travelling, car driving commuter set labelling Melbourne's road system as inadequate when incidents like the following occur, the sensationalist tabloid knee-jerk reactions or opinions put forward as 'solutions' and the opportunism of dumb politicians pandering to the gullible electorate.

This is the topical incident:  [color=#0000ff][size=3][font=Calibri]http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/newshome/17203468/truck-crash-on-melbourns-bolte-bridge/[/font][/size][/color]

Many have put placed their opinions on social or other media since then. The majority of them are misguided in MY opinion:


Banning trucks from the right lane is impossible for that section of road as it forms an exit ramp shortly thereafter;
If a car driver could not be bothered with head checks, he should not be licensed;
Just because a freeway/tollway exists, doesn’t mean you have to use it;
Any road is a truck driver’s workplace – any road is not a commuter’s workplace. Get out of his way;
Even if every 4th driver gave someone a lift to his similarly pristine office job in the city, traffic would flow as easily as it does on a Construction Sector RDO Monday – a real difference;
The proposed East/West link would not be used by any city bound driver in preference to the Bolte Bridge period and would not have provided any significant difference to this particular incident.

Of course, any adequate PT solution would minimise impact for those commuters in any case.
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  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Single-occupant vehicles are the problem but you'll never get action on it.

As soon as that truck accident happened I knew there would be a link drawn between that and the proposed East-West tunnel, even though with limited exits I'm not sure if it would have made a fig of difference.  It will be sold to the public as the solution to end all our problems and I think people will buy it even though there's been some spectacular and expensive Public-Private Partnership failures recently (Clem 7, Cross-City, Lane Cove). Then there was that ridiculous proposal a few years ago to put overpasses along Hoddle Street - don't they realise it will still be bottlenecked?  You can only cram so many cars into the city at peak hour.

Personally I'm really unhappy with the madness of our gridlocked streets and I can't see how it's going to get better.  You can't seem to convince people that an improved rail system will help alleviate the pressure on the roads, all they want is more and more roads.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
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If a car driver could not be bothered with head checks, he should not be licensed;
Just because a freeway/tollway exists, doesn’t mean you have to use it;
Any road is a truck driver’s workplace – any road is not a commuter’s workplace. Get out of his way;
Even if every 4th driver gave someone a lift to his similarly pristine office job in the city, traffic would flow as easily as it does on a Construction Sector RDO Monday – a real difference;
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DirtyBallast
Similarly, the truck and dog drivers who tailgate others should not be licensed either.

If you are driving any vehicle you have the absolute right to use any freeway or tollway. It is not owned by truck drivers.

How do you know that the driver of the other vehicle was not employed to be on the road every day as part of his job, in which case it is his workplace as well?

You are making a lot of un-informed assumptions about this incident, you do not know the other driver 'could not be bothered with head checks' and have this odd idea that anyone in a car is a sub-standard driver. A typical truck-driver's view of the world.

According to you, car drivers are sheep. According to all motorcycle riders/cyclists, all car drivers are idiots. According to all truck drivers, car drivers are idiots. According to any young car driver, all other car drivers are idiots. As a result, there is no respect on the road for any other driver, and that is a serious issue.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
A major problem we have on the roads is that a huge number of people drive as though nothing can possibly go wrong.
When something does . . . Crash !