Freo's View


Posted in fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 24, 2016

There is a long weekend coming up again and no doubt more people will die on Western Australia’s roads, and no doubt politicians will blame police and police the government.

Since I arrived in WA in 1984 I have been aware that very many drivers here are not very good and not very considerate and that far too many have no sense of awareness and anticipation. They would not last half an hour on a German Autobahn.

The problem on our roads is not with the police or government or lack of signage, but with inconsiderate motorists who drink and drive, exceed the speed limits and basically don’t care a bit about other road users. They sit in their little castles on wheels, like kings who care little about those peasants who share the roads with them and are just a nuisance that stop them driving from A to B very fast and in the most reckless way.

When did WA allow people to drive cars without knowing the road rules? When did using indicators go out of fashion and when were speed limits just something that made you go faster instead of slowing down?

I drive my car every day and have near misses at least twice a week with people who ignore road rules. They speed through roundabouts and orange and red traffic lights, they ignore stop signs and have no idea how to merge, or they do but don’t care because it is more important to get one car space ahead in the traffic jam.

On Fremantle social media people complain how unfair it is that they have received speeding fines and lament the 50kmh limit is not signed and that it is all about revenue raising. It should not have to be signed because the road rules are clear, so learn the rules or get off the road and out of your car, because not knowing the rules makes you a danger on our roads and you’ll kill other people!

I know many people who drink and drive at least once a week and who believe there is nothing wrong with it, and I witness the aggression on the road daily with people yelling and screaming in outrage with pumping fists because someone sticks to the speed limit.

In WA it is a sport to make sure one gets ahead of the car in front when lanes merge, and no one gives a XXXX about giving way to pedestrians when they round a corner with their car.

The photo-mad egotistic selfie society turns into a selfish society when people get into their car. It’s all about me and I don’t care if that endangers other motorists, cyclists, bike riders or pedestrians

Why are we in such a mad hurry, why do we need to communicate every second of the day and can’t wait to read text messages till we have reached the end of our road trip? Why do we take unacceptable risks and don’t think about the consequences. What is wrong with us?!

It’s double demerit points, so use your brain and common sense and show some consideration on the roads this Easter weekend!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Mark said, on March 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t know how much time you have spent driving in Europe lately, but from last couple of trips recently. Driving between Amsterdam and Hamburg, there plenty of drivers who can’t merge, indicate and a whole host of other issues.
    Not much different than my last drive down the kwinana Freeway well apart from the speed limit and which side you drive on, oh and the weather
    Looking strictly at the facts the yearly death toll in Australia has come down considerably ever year since the 70’s.

    Australia is well below the world average of auto accidents causing death per 100,000.
    Australia has a better record in regards to several European countries, including France, Belgium and Italy’s and is very close to the Germans average despite Australia having a 50 %higher ratio of cars to citizens . I.e. more people driving
    The EU has a rate of about 9.3 deaths per 100,000 residents where Australia has about 5.1 while having about 50% more cars per head of population than the EU.

    But survived the autobahn no problems.

    What really surprised me was the increase in drink driving in Germany common to see people leaving the bar and driving home

    Idiots using their phone while driving is just a world wide epidemic of stupidity

    One thing that surprised me was the sheer volume of trucks on the road, making Freo truck issues nothing, though the Europeans do have motor ways right up the port and amazingly have tunnels under lots of rivers , the Ems for one.


  2. bigjulie said, on March 24, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Q: Roel asks why Freo drivers are turkeys

    A: It’s the out of towners!

    The funky traffic light reprogramming which prioritizes right lane to turn first adds about another 20 minutes to the Canning Highway trip of Causeway to Freo down Canning Highway. It is illogical for 30 cars to be delayed so 2 cars can turn right into a minor street. The main highway flow should be given priority.

    As a result, all arriving cars in Freo are crazy late by 20 minutes. Simple explanation.

    South Africa has more roundabouts and traffic lights blink red so to allow progress after stopping rather than sitting at a white line watching blank black tarmac.

    Roundabouts instead of traffic lights, right turners to wait – please Roel, next time you are having an influential chat with Herr Mayor.


  3. Jayne said, on March 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I agree. There are some crazed drivers in WA and theyre getting worse. Every trip is a gamble. But some of Freo’s pedestrians arent much better. There are the ones who without warning decide to walk in front of your moving car and then give you the middle finger. What about the pedestrians who manage to find the crosswalk but then stop midway to check their phone. The constant stream of people leaving the train station who happily hold up traffic for ten minutes while they amble along the crossing, one at a time. Dont even get me started on the silent bike riders who speed past within a hair’s width of your arm. I mourn the loss of common courtesies.


  4. waexplorer said, on March 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I totally agree, as a pedestrian I fear for my life crossing roads – especially the ones where the pedestrians have a green light but so do the drivers turning left!


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