Red light.

I can’t see why The Age is getting so uppity in this story about thousands of people being on the brink of losing their licence, due to speed and red-light cameras:

“MORE than 45,000 Victorian drivers are on the brink of losing their licences — and the proliferation of speed cameras is being blamed.”

Personally, I find that first paragraph somewhat inaccurate. It should say:

“MORE than 45,000 Victorian drivers are on the brink of losing their licences due to their impatience and poor driving skills.”

Melbourne’s two newspapers waste an awful lot of newsprint complaining that speed cameras in Victoria are there for no other reason than to raise revenue. While I can’t really see how this is a problem (don’t want to pay? Don’t speed), it intrigues me that a paper can then find issue with people losing their licences over such offences.

Sounds like the perfect solution to me, I’ll be glad to see them off the road. I drive very rarely, but it still scares the heck out of me that whenever I do, someone in the oncoming traffic shoots through red lights as I’m trying to make a right-hand turn.

And as for this line:

The Sunday Age can reveal that thousands of drivers are only just hanging on to their licences, sparking fears that jobs and family mobility are in jeopardy.

My heart bleeds. Maybe they’ll just have to use public transport, like the rest of us.

2 responses to “Red light.

  1. Totally agree. Do the crime, do the time.

  2. Huzzah and Kudos.

    I’ve been saying it for years, but…

    Only assholes view driving as a right.

    It’s a privilege. And if you screw up, you’re endangering the lives of other folks who drive like normal human beings.

    Hell, I like to drive fast, but I do so at night. On country roads. In the middle of nowhere. Where I can see any car with headlights coming towards me and slow down.

    In the city? In traffic? With lots of cars and people around?

    I’m Captain Kindness.

    Because, once again, driving is a privilege, not a right.

    “My heart bleeds. Maybe they’ll just have to use public transport, like the rest of us.”

    Or they could learn how to drive. If I managed it, it’s not that hard.

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