Speed limiting drivers is a human rights breach
There’s a favourite pastime in Sydney aside from complaining about Generation Y and no longer talking about the value of your house – it’s whingeing about speed cameras and how close you are to losing your licence because of a string of minor offences.
Thousands of people a year cry foul when they rack up so many demerits the Roads and Traffic Authority cuts them off. They get no sympathy from me. If you go over the speed limit you risk getting caught. If you get caught enough times you risk losing your licence.
But now the NSW Government is considering mechanically speed limiting all new cars and is on the hunt for 100 vehicles to take part in a trial.
The Government has spent the past five years mapping the speed zones in preparation for this extreme measure.
It would mean the end of so many Sydney traditions, like the dodgem car derby over the Anzac Bridge where the speed limit is 60km/h and no one drives under 85, or the abrupt pause in your Targa Rally fantasies brought about by the speed cameras in the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.
Sydneysiders, while actually very polite drivers, don’t like speed limits much, and think abiding by them is a breach of human rights worthy of Amnesty International’s attention.
If Nathan Rees is worried he’s going to lose the next election – he should see how the voters of NSW react to this ridiculous proposal.
The RTA should take away the licences of those who get caught speeding, and leave the rest of us alone to take our chances.
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