Few would argue that more than a large proportion of drivers in Australia lack the necessary skills and experience to ever be considered a ‘good driver’. That doesn’t mean the folks out there who have never received a traffic infringement have an automatic right to call themselves a ‘good driver’ either.
How often do you see a car or truck glued to the right lane at below the speed limit on a six lane divided road, forcing fellow drivers to dart and weave in and out of traffic to get by? The problem is that these particular drivers would call themselves ‘good drivers’ when in fact; they may very well cause a nasty accident by not moving over to a left hand lane and allowing others to pass safely in the right hand lane.
The problem is compounded, given our various state police forces in this country seem utterly oblivious to this issue, and the dangerous practice of ‘right lane ownership’ goes largely unpunished. Perhaps the Highway patrol should re-read the part in the learner’s manual, which used to clearly state than drivers should “keep left unless overtaking” or have the traffic authorities deleted than one from the current manual?
Drivers in the UK have had enough, and want fines replaced with proper driver training. According to a recent poll of 1900 drivers by the road safety charity IAM, only 15 percent of those surveyed think that fixed traffic infringements are effective in dealing with careless driving.
More popular is the belief by 40 precent of respondents, that careless drivers should attend compulsory driver training at their own cost, and 33 percent say that the issue should be dealt with, with advice from the police officer.
Over 90 percent of those polled though, think that drivers should have a choice between attending driver-training courses and penalty points.
In the same poll, seventy-seven percent would like to see serious offenders lose their vehicle, and fifty-nine percent think that disqualified drivers should be made to take their driving test again.
Some good ideas from the UK, tell us what you think.