REFERENCE is made to the article titled “Wire barriers will help stop deaths” (The Border Mail, September 16).
The article reports that 11 kilometres of wire-rope barriers will be installed along the Hume Freeway’s Wangaratta bypass, a move that is welcomed by highway patrol officers.
The installation of the wire barriers was supported due to three single-vehicle accidents that resulted in four deaths, with fatigue being a factor in all of the crashes.
Any death on our roads is a tragedy, which I understand only too well having lost my brother in a single-vehicle accident many years ago.
However, as a motorcyclist I take exception to the quote by Sgt Connors which states: “Sgt Connors said some motorcyclists argued roping is more dangerous for them given if they hit it, as it will cause more injuries”. No argument from me on that point. Sgt Connors then goes on to say: “I say to that, if they’re doing the right thing – if they’re not speeding, if they’re not straying off the road – they won’t come into contact with the wire roping”.
Surely the same argument could be applied to the single-vehicle accidents referred to in the article, that if the drivers were not fatigued and did not stray from the road then the four unfortunate deaths could have been avoided.
I am not anti-police or anti-government road safety programs, however it appears to me that the installation of wire-rope barriers is an attempt to fix a problem for one group of road users while creating an equally dangerous situation for another group.
— BRETT FILES,