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Correction: In our Walking with Giants
story in the April/May issue of Horizons
we incorrectly reported the Big Brook
Dam was 30km from Pemberton.
The distance is approximately 3km.
I grew up in the small town of
Busselton in the 1960s (Going
to the ‘drives’, Horizons, April/
May). I played hockey with
Ron Jones and knew him and
his sister very well. I have a
couple of vivid memories of the
The first is in my early teens
when my mother, father and I
would go to the ‘drives’ nearly
every Saturday night. To my
disgust, my father insisted on
arriving there first so we would
get to the locked front gate at
least one hour before the gate
was unlocked, which was still
another hour at least before
the movie actually started. We
would sit in the car outside the
entrance eating sandwiches
and scones that my mother
prepared and brought along
wrapped in grease-proof paper.
The second was when I
was old enough to drive and
a couple of mates went to
the ‘drives’ and at the end of
the movie we stayed on for a
short while and chatted to Ron
Jones through the window of
the car. When it came time to
leave we bid farewell to Ron
and proceeded to drive off with
the speaker still attached to the
car window. We ripped the cord
right out of the speaker stand,
right in front of Ron’s eyes. All
we could do was stop, pick up
the speaker and hand it to Ron
with our apologies.
Rod Ware, via email
for young motorists
I am a 20-year-old male driver,
which according to your article
Risky Business (Horizons,
February/March), puts me almost
at the top of the ‘highest risk’
category for road fatalities.
Many points in the article
really hit home, as one of my
childhood friends was sadly
hit and killed by a drunk driver
some years ago (which followed
with the introduction of Jess’
Law). To this day, the sad
memory of receiving the news of
her death is present whenever I
get behind the wheel of my car.
Luckily this experience has
moulded me into a cautious and
safer driver. I know of too many
school friends who have since
had their licences suspended
due to drink-driving offences.
Do they not realise how horrific
it is to lose a friend to a drunk
In my humble opinion, the
best way to target young,
male drivers is through the
broadcast of graphic television
commercials. I believe it is
the most effective way to
cut through the often dull,
repetitive “don’t drink and drive”
messages, and leave the viewer
with a scene they remember.
I am also happy to see
initiatives such as RAC’s
bstreetsmart, which will leave
male drivers a little more
cautious next time they get
behind the wheel. Thank you for
taking an interest in us younger
drivers, and please continue to
help us help ourselves. Together
we can prevent another Jess
Kyle Smith, Busselton
Have you ever thought how
two seconds could impact on
your life, or death? If we could
ask the 163 victims who lost
their lives on Western Australian
roads last year, we may have
some interesting responses.
“If only I’d looked.” “If only
I hadn’t looked away.” “If only
I hadn’t looked at my mobile
That one or two seconds
is all it takes to turn your life
or someone else’s life upside
down, possibly forever.
Are you immune? Am I
immune? You may think you are.
The 163 crash victims probably
thought they were too.
This carnage is mostly
avoidable. We all need to play
our part and have the right
mindset when getting behind
the wheel of a vehicle.
David Shirley, via email
hard to find
Since reading the letter from
Leanne Aurisch (Who’s a bad
driver? Horizons February/
March) I have been thinking
about the number of drivers who
could be considered ‘good’.
I don’t know which criteria
is used to determine who is a
good driver but I would imagine
that adherence to the traffic laws
is one of them.
Some time ago I saw the results
of a survey, which revealed that
75 per cent of respondents
admitted to driving at more than
10km/h over the speed limit.
Add to that the 10 to 15 per cent
who travel between the speed
limit and +10km/h and those
respondents to the survey who
didn’t tell the truth, and we don’t
have many to choose ‘good’
Every now and then we see
parents of road fatality victims
being interviewed on the TV
news, pleading with young
people to slow down and
drive more carefully, a plea I
wholeheartedly support, but until
mums and dads start adhering
to the traffic laws there’s little
chance the kids will do it. During
the past 18 months or so I have
seen a lot of ‘P’ platers on the
roads but I have only seen three
who were travelling within the
It’s a sorry state of affairs
when you are abused by a driver
for ‘holding them up’ when you
are travelling at the speed limit.
So, who’s a good driver?
Alan Rout, via email
7/05/14 3:45 PM
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