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Trafiksäkerhet är på sätt och vis ett oärligt ord eftersom man i trafiksäkerhetens namn bygger vägar som gör att bilister slipper sakta ner. Det vill säga, man kör fortare. Menar man allvar med trafiksäkerhet är det bara att åka tåg, buss eller flyg för det är tio gånger säkrare än att åka bil.
$584.10 fine for not wearing a bicycle helmet! - Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Having read through a sample of traffic laws I realised that their main goal is the orderly movement of traffic, not safety of road users. Of course traffic engineers would argue that orderly movement of traffic confers safety, and to some extent that is true. However if orderly movement of traffic is your goal you then have to define in increasingly endless detail exactly what orderly movement of traffic is and how its rules are to be applied in every circumstance.
And do road users (or even the Police) know all the range of regulations? Given that the only test of your knowledge of traffic regulations will be when you take your driving test, which in my case was over 40 years ago, the answer would have to be ‘no’.
Another side effect from extensive traffic regulation is the reduction in the perception of personal responsibility by the driver, as the regulator (the state) effectively dictates what to do. So we have drivers exercising their perceived traffic ‘rights’ regardless of safety of others. This lack of personal responsibility is also reinforced media reporting of ‘dangerous roads’ (the inanimate) rather than ‘roads on which drivers drive dangerously’.(the personal)