Sunrise Soapbox 19 Jan 2011:
One safety expert from Mercedes Benz says speed limits for outside lanes could be raised to 140km/h to increase safety.
Drivers spend less time behind the wheel and concentrate more and are therefore thought to stay alert for longer.
Beretts also says that Mark Skaife has been pushing for similar changes with the claim drivers concentrate harder at higher speeds.
Do you think higher speed limits could increase road safety?
In Germany you have breathtaking autobahn bridges with much better road construction tolerances than here, nearly all drivers are extremely disciplined about watching for fast cars coming up behind in no time at all and immediately moving to the slower lane, and if there is an accident all lanes must stop so the emergency response vehicles can get to the accident by coming against the traffic flow. How would you educate all the risk-taking drivers on our roads simultaneously? Perhaps requiring an advanced driver course leading to a special decal (or badge) on the numberplate then allowing a faster speed (or use of the fastest lane) could help us safely inch speed limits up over time? The fatigue trade-off inherent in the suggestion might actually work for our long distances but drivers would still need to know to slow right down or even take a break at sunset & sunrise when glare & moving kangaroos are worst.