Life ban for repeat driving offenders
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On boxing day this year the Falkholt family were killed on the south coast of NSW, mum, dad and two daughters, by a driver who had a long criminal history and had been previously jailed for driving while disqualified.
At the time of the crash, he was on methadone, legally allowed to drive with it in his system, driving with P-plates having only recently got his licence back.
The driver was well-known to police in his hometown of Ulladulla and had more than 60 offences on his record as well as a number of aliases.
Fast forward to Saturday 17 February and two NSW police officers have been run over while operating a breath testing site, one of the officers has had his lower leg amputated, he is married with young kids.
The driver of the car that hit them has admitted to not seeing them as he was looking at his phone, the driver is 25years old, has had he licence suspended four times in his short driving career.
The NSW state government are currently running a road safety program called "Towards Zero" and the member for the south coast. Shelley Hancock has proposed to install wire ropes at the site of the Falkholt family deaths, the road is in great condition, the environment did not contribute to the circumstances.
Meanwhile in response to the two police officers being crushed between two cars, the Opposition Leader Luke Foley is calling on the NSW Government to introduce "slow down move over laws" near emergency service vehicles.
The police commissioner, Mick Fuller, said "We talk ad nauseum about traffic safety and some days you have to wonder what we have to do."
Good question Mick.
Both Hancock and Foley are missing the point on the Towards Zero program, people are being killed and disabled as a direct result of the NSW governments softly softly approach, neither of the two drivers who caused these circumstances to prevail should have been allowed to hold a licence, both of them have previously shown their contempt for the law, road rules and those who share the roads with them yet they are repeatedly reissued licences with our governments blessing.
If you Shelley Hancock MP and your government want to help stop people dying on our roads play your part and change the law so repeat offenders are banned from driving for life, give them a free bus and train pass.
Towards Zero does not stand a chance while the government who promote it and fund it won't back it with policies that will save lives.
By allowing repeat offenders to hold drivers licences in my opinion makes the government complicit.
Until the government change the law, the ink that flows from their pens may as well be the victims blood.
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