Ronald Reagan once said
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
If Reagan was alive today, he would probably wonder whether it is advice of the experts that is the most dangerous.
Reported in NinFax, Australian road safety expert Emeritus Professor Raphael Grzebieta said:
Speed limits should be reduced to “survivable limits” of 30 to 40km/h as a default on residential streets with children and pedestrians.
Why you ask? To save lives. To save the children.
You know what would save more lives and more children:
- banning all cars and motor vehicles
- banning all commercially produced food
- mandatory bubble wrap suits and helmets for everyone
- a government safety inspector in every house (they could also listen into all dinner conversations like Gillian Triggs dreams of)
- a police to citizen ratio of 10:1
- banning all bad things and subsidising all good things
There are probably other things other experts have in mind, but perhaps they consider the actually costs and consequences of their wise recommendations.
Nothing is for free. Public policies have costs and consequences.
It’s nice to pontificate on policies where you get the upside (through more speeches and consultancy gigs). The cost and impact on other people, that’s clearly for others to consider.
Yes this man is clearly a hammer looking for a nail. But those idiots at NinFax publishing this stuff. They may as well just end the charade and call themselves the ABC.