A reminder in this morning’s paper of why you should look before you step out of a tram:
The 12.14am kid arrives, the blue light case. The paramedics got him in quicker than 15 minutes. He’s a mess. He’s collided with a car allegedly travelling 70 km/h in Preston as he stepped out of a tram into the rain with a mate, on his way home from a night out on the drink. Dr West wants us to take a close look not because he’s been the victim of CBD violence but because his terrible injuries are instructive.
He has a fractured skull, possible brain damage and blood in a lung. Paramedics say his head hit the windscreen, which shattered.
Morons on the road lurk everywhere.
While tram platform stops have largely taken over at the most visible tram stops around the CBD, at most locations in the suburbs there’s little or no protection — you just step out onto the street.
It’ll be decades before all those stops get upgraded. Personally I quite like the stop design used in Whitehorse Road in Box Hill, which physically prevents cars getting past. True, the motorists don’t like it, and it’s incompatible with Clearways. Tough luck; where possible motorists should be encouraged onto other roads. But I digress.
Meanwhile the visual prompt of a sign that sticks outwards when the doors open is difficult to fit to the newer trams, which have sliding doors.
Idiot car drivers ignoring the rules is nothing new of course. Just on ten years ago I berated a driver by phone for nearly knocking me down… while I was on crutches!
It seems that while traffic enforcement has improved in some areas (it seems like you can’t speed regularly these days without being caught), there’s been little progress on this — it’s been over five years since
it was tram cameras were first proposed, and only started getting trialled last year… with no news on how that went.