More police needed on roads
AS a member of the Road Safety Advisory Council and president of the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, the one thing that stops serious and fatal accidents is police on roads.
Just have a look at long weekends when police have a road blitz there are very few or no accidents. Police should be on the road catching people breaking the law which in turn stops accidents.
Paul Bullock, Ravenswood.
More places to stop needed
THIS might sound silly, but I suggest we offer incentives for people running rest stops on main roads around the state so they are open until about 8pm and open by 8am. Epping Forest and the place at Kempton are excellent examples. But especially in winter, the signs may tell us to stop if sleepy, but where to do so is the question?
We all want to get home as fast as possible, but if I am tired and I could be certain somewhere will be open with decent food, toilets and a restful place to stretch, we might all be safer. But it needs to be guaranteed opening hours so I end up driving from hours with no options.
A rest after dark is even more important, but then they all seem to close even earlier. Some sort of incentive would be necessary and maybe some sort of web presence that tells us who is open on the route now and what class of food and caffeine they are offering. A late night wet trip from Hobart to Launceston is scary when I know I need to stop, but where?
Jan Horton, West Launceston.
‘Drivers need to think more’
I HAVE noticed and read about people being totally irresponsible on our roads. I see defiant driving, overtaking when truly not safe and also just mindless speedsters taking our lives plus their own into their heated little hands. When the virus was at its peak, roads were somehow safer only because of the lack of people on it.
Now we really do not wish this COVID-19 back here in Tasmania, yet we felt comfortable in our cars. Come on drivers, think before you tighten that seat belt and start that engine. This can either be your last day or you could be the cause of another soul not arriving home.
Felicity O’Neill, Westbury.
‘Blackstone Heights a fore trap’
MY concern is about the fire risk in Blackstone Heights and how the present and future residents can evacuate should there be a fire. The council is looking at a lot more residential blocks being available and the progress of this has started.
I am not opposed to progress but where are the new safety measures in place to allow the residents to escape a fire.
There is presently one road in and out of Blackstone Heights. Am I the only person wondering about the safety of the present and future residents in this area?
Jane Oakley-Lohm, Blackstone Heights.
LGH problems not isolated
PROBLEMS at the LGH are more widespread than the ED (The Examiner, September 16). After a prolonged stay in various areas of the hospital, my husband was plagued by errors.
Drugs not charted on three occasions.
Charts incorrectly written and finally a sudden stop of a drug that should not have been stopped at all, and if stopped not suddenly but to be withdrawn over time.
The result was catastrophic which left him in complete misery for the few months remaining of his life. A mobile, reasonably self-sufficient person reduced to laying on his back with only his right arm able to move. Mentally fully aware of what had happened to him.
Then to endure the indignity of having to be cared for in the broken age care system.
There is much more that was wrong with his care but thank God for the wonderful nurses. My worst fear is that I will have to come under the care of these doctors. It will take much more than money to fix the LGH.
Gai Weston, Grindelwald.
Teddy Sheean award thanks
JUSTICE has prevailed a last and Teddy Sheean has finally been awarded the VC. He was a wounded 18-year-old boy who lost his life staying onboard firing on the enemy planes that were firing on his crewmates in lifeboats, until he finally went down with the torpedo boat. Guy Barnett and Garry Ivory have both tried for years to have Teddy awarded the VC and it finally happened.
I would like to let you know that Labor Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell also helped.
He prepared a speech and read it to the MPs and the Prime Minister in Canberra.
Mr Mitchell then produced VC postcards for Teddy and sent them to members in the Lyons electorate, these cards were fully signed by the recipients and returned to Mr Mitchell to send on to the Prime Minister.
Ernest Hodge, Swansea.
Save time and go online
I’M forever being exhorted by various companies to “save time, go online”.
I’m curious, does this mean when I reach my very own use-by date (I’m 83), I can add on the time I’ve seen saved, like time on during a footy match? If not the case then how does all the time saved benefit me?
Rob Baines, Kings Meadows.
North-East Rail Line debate
REGARDING James Moore’s letter (The Examiner, September 9) on North East Rail Trail positives. Search the internet and you will find an even better application to James’s suggestion. It is a third side wheel that temporarily clamps to any bike and allows the rider to pedal along the rail line.
That looks like a win-win to me.