Morons on the road, transport

My rights as a pedestrian

When I'm out walking, I actively (but not foolishly, I hope) defend my rights as a pedestrian. If I have an opportunity to walk safely and legally before a car goes, I will take it. The main rules are not difficult to comprehend, but some motorists just don't seem to understand them. [Page references are those in the Vicroads PDF summary of the road rules.] Red means stop. It doesn't mean

Morons on the road

Driving school FAIL

Dear "Number One Driving School", You may not be Number One for long if you keep teaching your learner drivers to park in bus zones, then sit there for 5+ minutes. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/3603586120/ This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago, and was separate to another noted yesterday via Twitter: You parked in a bus zone then walked past three legal spots to where yo

Morons on the road

Morons

Don't beep at me. I can see the green light. But I can also see the traffic banked up on the other side of the intersection. I know it's really hard because the switch is so awkwardly placed, such a long way from your hands on the steering wheel, but fer chrissake use your indicators! Don't tailgate me. I'm going at the speed limit. I'm not going to speed because you're in a hurry. Look,

Morons on the road, transport

Not a good sign

Arriving at the station yesterday morning, up the line at McKinnon, we could see this: Not a good sign. Word was there was a fire on the train. The evening TV news and today's Herald Sun revealed what happened: Jesse Martin, once lauded as the youngest person to sail solo around the world, had come driving up McKinnon Road (speed limit: 50 km/h), somehow missed the bells, somehow missed

Morons on the road

On the phone

Dear TZO 421: If you have one hand holding a cigarette, and the other holding a mobile phone, how do you expect to be able to drive your car properly? It's astounding how many people drive along holding a phone to their ears. So stupid. A couple of times earlier this century I tried having conversations with people while talking on a hands-free mobile phone. I quickly discovered that hands-f

Morons on the road, transport

Look out before you step out

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 clos