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PENRITH WEEKENDER, May 29, 2009 55
MOTORING NEWS MOTORING ADVICE
Please slow down
People’s choice
RMA Insurance research has revealed almost three
in fi ve drivers (59 per cent) still admit to speeding on
NNSW roads, with males the worst offenders.
Geoff Napper, Daniel Lapteff, Nathan
According to the insurer, 64 per cent of males admit to
Coleman and Brendon Leyshon.
speeding compared to 54 per cent of females. Males were also
more likely to make an illegal U-turn, turn right at a no right
hand turn intersection and run a red light.
According to RTA data and testing, speeding is a factor
in about 40 per cent of road deaths and a vehicle travelling at
80km/h in a 60km/h zone increases its risk of a crash by 32
times.
NRMA Insurance spokesperson, John Hallal, said the results
were of a concern with speeding generally considered to be the
biggest problem on NSW roads.
“It is a concern that so many drivers knowingly break the
law and put their own life and the lives of passengers and other
road users at risk,” explained Mr Hallal.
“NRMA Insurance is encouraging NSW motorists – males
and females – to abide by the speed limits at all times as they
are there for a very good reason.”
Mr Hallal said running late (23 per cent) was the most
common reason for speeding, followed by “it was safe to do
so” (19 per cent).
“Unfortunately many drivers still believe that there is a
concept of ‘safe’ speeding. The reality is however, that this is
not the case. By speeding you always increase your stopping
distance and therefore multiply the likelihood of having a
collision,” he said.
“Drivers need to not only be aware of their own abilities but
OCAL resident and cabinetmaker Nathan Coleman “I was blown away by the response to the car – the feedback also be aware of the capabilities of their vehicle. It is surprising
has had a passion for Volkswagens for years and I’ve had is just overwhelming,” Nathan said. just how long it takes to stop the car completely should a
Lnow his passion has paid off, with his car winning “It’s fantastic, people can relate to a vintage car that’s been dangerous situation present itself.”
the People’s Choice award at the prestigious VW Nationals last made to look so mean, we’ve really put our heart and soul into Mr Hallal added that although many were quick to blame
Sunday. this one.” young people when discussing speeding, the research revealed
As Australia’s premier Volkswagen event, car enthusiasts Nathan worked closely with Brendon Leyshon of Production there are a few differences in age demographics. 63 per cent
from all over Australia gather to see the best vintage Volkswagen Automotive in Batt Street, Penrith to get the car ready. Together of those aged 16-29 admitted to speeding, for 30-49 year olds
vehicles, of which Nathan’s came out on top. the team achieved the impossible in just three weeks. it was 65 per cent and it dropped to 51 per cent for those aged
After spending the last few years restoring his rare 1965 “Brendon and I spent the last week alone on two hours sleep over 50.
Volkswagen Type 3 Karmann Ghia, Nathan took out the prize a night, but we got it there, and we certainly turned heads,” Surprisingly the results showed there was also no real
which he said meant a great deal to him as it was voted for by Nathan said. “I’m looking forward to taking it to the next level difference between drivers in metropolitan and regional areas
his peers. for stage two.” when it comes to speeding.
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