Well, it’s a start, isn’t it? Legislation allowing for roadside breath testing could be in place before the end of the year.
1. It must happen – and the public who believe in road safety should lobby their MPs to make sure there is no slippage to the timescale.
2. There is mention of other initiatives, but nothing is said about what they are. There are times when Government has to lead and this would have been a good opportunity for the Premier to state what he had in mind – to reiterate if need be – rather than putting out the, now, stale appeals to slow down and be personally responsible.
3. There is no commitment to funding. No campaign can hope to last if funding is not put in place.
Still, it is start. Let us hope it actually happens.
Updated: The police held a press conference today to address the issue of road accidents. The continued condemnation of bad driving habits is welcome and it has to drummed home, regardless of whether people are getting bored of the message.
But, there must also be some substance behind all this. As I said, above, breath tests at accidents are a step in the right direction, but it has to be backed up by a campaign that includes education, legislation and enforcement.
Carry on with the appeals and condolences, but address the root causes also – and back it with money.,