Did you know Australia is considering placing traffic lights in footpaths to stop tenacious texters who don’t look up from walking into traffic?
The city of Augsburg in Germany is already trialling the in-ground traffic lights along tram lines.
Seems like an interesting way to spend tax dollars when schools, welfare agencies, and hospitals in this country are in desperate need of funds.
After an increase in road deaths this year – 29 involving pedestrians – NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has decided to trial the footpath lights for six months. The trial is expected to start in December. It is unclear which parts of Sydney will feature the lights.
Mr Gay said if it meant saving just one life he would do it.
But why can’t they just look up?
SOME SAFETY RULES CAN ACTUALLY HARM US
Could our governments’ obsession with safety be killing us?
If you read my post How to Burst the Bubble and Embrace the Scrapes you’ll know some Australian schools have forbidden kids to do handstands and cartwheels for fear they will hurt themselves. As I pointed out in that article this is actually harmful to children.
Every time a government imposes new safety rules it takes responsibility away from individuals to be accountable for their own personal safety, and that of their kids.
It opens the door for people to blame and sue because there wasn’t a safety rule in place to protect them.
And some of the rules just don’t work.
According to news.com.au, an NSW Government report revealed violence in and around Sydney’s Star Casino is on the rise, despite controversial lockout laws designed to reduce violent crimes.
The laws, introduced in 2014 and currently being revised, forbid patrons from entering certain pubs and clubs around Sydney from 1.30 am. Ridiculously, the Star Casino is exempt from the laws.
The laws have had negative effects on the businesses involved and it seems the violence has not been reduced, just moved to other areas of the city.
In the early 1990s Australian states passed laws making it compulsory for cyclists to wear bike helmets. Guess what happened?
The rates of serious injuries among cyclists actually increased. No one is sure why but perhaps the extra layer of protection gave them a false sense of security.
CONFUSING SAFETY LAWS
Some of the laws make you scratch your head in confusion.
Most pubs are forced to serve wine in plastic cups after 10 pm, but your glass wine bottle is fine sitting on the table next to you.
Footie fans can only buy mid-strength beer (in plastic cups) at venues, yet a full strength rum and coke is fine, though also served in plastic.
Doesn’t really make sense, does it?
All pools – in-ground, above-ground and inflatable, must have proper pool fencing if they are 30 cm deep or more.
That’s fine. I’m all for saving kids’ lives. However, drownings in Australia are on the rise, including death or near-death of preschool-aged children in backyard swimming pools.
There is no substitute for diligence and the fencing gives you a false sense of security. It’s so easy to assume that pool gate has been properly closed.
The crazy thing is, there are no laws involving fencing backyard ponds – yet.
When my kids were young, I had all medications and cleaning products out of their reach. I still do, this time for the Goddesses.
Now all those bottles are snugly fitted with childproof caps. Again, I’m all for saving kids’ lives but I feel sad for the ageing population struggling to open their pain medication with arthritic fingers and have to wonder why cupboard locks have gone out of fashion.
ARE OUR RULES MAKING US STUPID?
Did you know it’s actually illegal to leave your keys in an unattended vehicle? Do we really need a law for that? How silly are we? What happened to good, old-fashioned common sense?
In Melbourne, there are certain times you are forbidden to vacuum your home, namely night time. Will we soon have laws for every piece of etiquette some parts of society has decided to throw out?
It used to be most people did the right thing because it was the right thing to do – not because it was law.
It seems now we are treated like mindless zombies or smombies (smartphone zombies) who must be told what to do at every step, secure in our knowledge Big Brother is looking out for us. So we don’t have to.
Still, if those footpath traffic lights stop a smombie from walking in front of the car I’m driving, I guess I’ll be grateful that Big Brother is watching.
What are your thoughts?
Have a gleeful week, Tamuria