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    Driven to distraction ?

    Driven to distraction by speed trap fears
    By Amanda Banks

    WA motorists are so terrified of being caught speeding that their attention is being distracted dangerously from the task of driving, according to a Curtin University researcher.

    George Christos believes over-enforcement of speed limits and the use of speed cameras could be contributing to the road toll.

    Dr Christos, a senior mathematics lecturer and brain theorist, also believes all mobile phones should be banned from motor vehicles.

    He said people could swap their attention from one thing to another, but the brain had the ability to concentrate on only one thing at a time. "Driving is a complicated business,'' he said. ''One is manoeuvring an object weighing around one tonne at speeds in excess of 16m per second in narrow and complicated thoroughfares with lots of other people doing the same thing."

    He believes the ban on using a hand-held mobile phone when driving did not go far enough.

    He said when someone was using a mobile phone, even with a hands-free kit, they were listening, thinking and talking, and these neural activities interfered with the visual and cognitive attention required for driving a car.

    Dr Christos applies the same theory to the focus on speeding and use of speed cameras, which he said had failed to reduce the death toll. "The positive aspects of driving at lower speeds, which I do not dispute, are counteracted by the reduced attention we spend on driving, because we are too busy looking out for cameras and worrying about how fast we are going," he said.

    UWA Injury Research Centre research fellow Suzanne McEvoy currently is investigating driver distractions, which she said were a key issue in road crashes. But of 700 motorists interviewed after a crash, no driver had identified speed cameras as a contributing factor.

    Office of Road Safety executive director Iain Cameron said distractions were a potential risk and mobile phone laws were being monitored, but research showed speed was a major factor in death and injury. "A camera is not going to distract anyone if they are not speeding," he said.

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    "Office of Road Safety executive director Iain Cameron said distractions were a potential risk and mobile phone laws were being monitored, but research showed speed was a major factor in death and injury. "A camera is not going to distract anyone if they are not speeding," he said."

    Unfortunately, that's the kind of tunnel visioned ******s we're dealing with Australia wide.
    Too bloody stupid to believe anything other than the garbage the speed camera distributors & their lobbyists have driven down their throats (as they indulged in an expensive meal at a 5 star resort where they were taken for a weekend with their family so as to not be distracted whilst the intricacies of following the leader was discussed, followed by the allocating of the contract to supply more speed cameras.) deal mallet mallet mallet

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    Yes allan this is the sort of people we are up against.... dead

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    danielsydney:
    Yes allan this is the sort of people we are up against.... dead
    Trouble is what influence does the "Office of Road Safety executive director" have over such things .. ALOT I'm afraid, it's like having a chocoholic minding the candy store ... they can't be objective.

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    After I'd had his equivalent in Queensland on the phone for an hour, he was starting to get that way.
    I've got a journo coming for an interview Thursday & a couple of radio interviews coming up in the next couple of weeks so all we can do is keep trying.
    Gave a couple of pollies a spray, that usually brings a reaction & gets it in the public arena, particularly on the run up to an election.
    Pissweak oppositions are about as much help as the RACQ up here. mallet mallet

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