B-doubles Are Dangerous and Should Be Banned.
According to the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport, there have been, on average, 35 deaths per year in Queensland involving heavy vehicles. 35 people are killed every year by trucks. When there is as little as one death involving our soldiers, police or teachers there is a public outcry. The Easter holidays saw another fatal accident where two more innocent people were killed by a B-double truck. According the news report, the driver claimed he made some kind of conscious decision on where to crash. This is obviously nonsense. The claim raises some questions about the job (it is not a profession) of driving a truck. Generally speaking, a liar will make a claim that sounds convincing to the liar and this becomes a psychological marker as to the liar's level of intelligence and understanding of the world. Clearly, nobody will believe that anyone can decide where to crash an out-of-control truck - if the truck was under any control, then there would be no accident. The driver clearly failed to judge the situation correctly. The driver is either incompetent, a liar or a murderer.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads currently have a campaign aimed to reduce the number of needless bloody deaths on Queensland roads; Distracted Driving. Such is the problem of being distracted while driving that the Queensland TMR has managed to create a new genre of its own among the top four reasons that trucks kill people. As at the time writing, Queensland heavy vehicles are the only Australian state to have killed a baby.
In a recent conversation with a B-double driver, I was told that truck drivers often refer to the police as pigs and that the CB radio is alive with chatter about the perceived persecution of truck drivers. This same B-double driver understands why all Australian Federal Police are referred to in this manner and strenuously defended his right to do so. In what lower levels of Bloom's Taxonomy do these people live?
The Queensland TMR issued a guideline specifically for heavy vehicle drivers, in which it provides details of the Distracted Driving campaign. The level of language is consistent with the level used to instruct children of 12-years of age. It explains the risks in three ways: manual, visual and cognitive. It clearly states that simple acts such as changing the radio are significant risk to road safety. Any driver who does not follow these simple guidelines is either incompetent in applying simple safety rules, or needs more training.
The Heavy Vehicle Driver Fact Sheet number 4 clearly states:
- A manual distraction is when you take your hands off the wheel..."
- A visual distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road.." and
- A cognitive distraction is anything that takes your mind off the driving task."
|B-double driver takes a 'selfie' while driving|
When it comes to safety, a B-double is not even a remotely safe way of transporting 30,000 litres of petrol. Petrol is dangerous enough when it is stationary, but why in the name of Google would any sane person think it is safe to put a poisonous, flammable, heavy, carcinogenic liquid in motion at 110 kilometres per hour, guided only by the wit and will of the lowest paid bidder who needs to be told that his fellow workmates have, just by doing their job, already killed 7 people this year.
Maybe these drivers believe that if there is no evidence, then it never happened.