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Bah! Humbug!

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Stay Alert * Stay Alive

**UPDATE PM**

To assist with the campaign we have designed several stickers to spread the word on this important road safety education issue.

Stickers can be purchased online and postage is free

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*cough* www.stayalertstayalive.com.au *cough*

Whoops, looks like the GovInc ‘forgot’ to register the main domain for the spanking new number plate slogan.
So we have it here, along with www.camerascutcrashes.com.au and www.camerassavelives.com.au

Stay Alert Stay Alive is a great slogan for the road safety message we are trying to communicate here but we are also showing the failure and bordom most road users have for tired old safety messages too.

Surely to complete the message, they should have obtained the domain names for the PR campaign they are trying to thrust in front of us every day on the road.

I wonder how much was spent to come up with this ground breaking slogan.
How many hospital beds were closed to pay for the bright designer sparks.
How much of the $50/ fee every motor bike registration pays for ‘road awareness of riders’ went to choose the regular blue on the plate?.

Ted’s come out with a fine statement to justify his decision but no mention of slashing TAFE education, let alone promoting ANY driver education courses.

Premiers PR statement here.

More to come but whilst we wait for the plates to actually be on cars (sometime early next year) we can fill out yet another survey for this Gov.
Roadsafety.vic.gov.au
Perhaps after one of these, we will have a few clear policy ideas showup and they can claim them as their own.

Hopefully we can keep the roadtoll down (and not just have to quietly remove random figures from the published toll).

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STAY ALERT * STAY ALIVE

Looks like we’ve made the media (thanks @MeganLevy @theage)

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/speedcamera-critic-snaffles-stay-alert-domain-20120907-25i3t.html

Victoria’s new number plate slogan urges people to “stay alert, stay alive”.
But it appears the state government may have been caught napping, after a quick-thinking critic snapped up the domain name to the new slogan just hours after it was unveiled by Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday.
And the mystery man is not afraid to participate in a little government bashing.

Those typing www.stayalertstayalive.com.au into their browser are redirected to a website titled “Cameras Cut Crashes :( Bah! Humbug!“.
[snipped]
In concludes: “Hopefully we can keep the roadtoll down (and not just have to quietly remove random figures from the published toll).”

The anonymous man phoned radio station 3AW‘s rumour file today to promote the website.
Asked if he knew who had set up the website, he said: “Hang on I’ll just have a look in the mirror.”

The new number plate slogan is part of a State Government bid to promote road safety.
Previous messages have included “Victoria – on the move” during the Kennett era, “Victoria – garden state” and “Victoria – the place to be”.

Yesterday, Premier Ted Baillieu said the new slogan built on the state’s reputation as a world leader in the field of road safety.
“We want to make sure that we keep road safety front and centre for every Victorian,” Mr Baillieu said today.
He told the regional sitting of Parliament in Ballarat that the message would act as a “constant reminder” to motorists to drive safely and remain focused.
Mr Baillieu said the new slogan came following public feedback and advice from the state’s road safety agencies.

The new plates will appear on motor vehicles once the existing stock of plates is used up, which VicRoads expects will be early next year.
They will be in the same blue and white colour scheme as the current plates.

 

STAY ALERT * STAY ALIVE

Moderated comments will be open on this thread. Please add your best slogans that should replace this one with more honest ideas. Please keep them nice.

Edit- for those commenting, VicGov does use .com.au for several accounts.
Type www.vicroads.com.au and follow where it goes.

And as a first we may later offer the site domain name www.stayalertstayalive.com.au for sale (VicGov included)
Any money will go to assist road trauma victims and maybe even fund grade separations in important locations. Especially at Clayton Rd, Clayton where Ambos regularly have to wait only metres away* from ‘Code1 arrival’ at Monash Medical Centre.
*Ref. #1 theAge  #2 theHun

 

Comments

Comment from Studi051
Time September 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Some of you seem to be confusing .com.au domains with .COM domains they are totally different.
and BTW the letters COM in both .com and .com.au stands for Commercial NOT COMPANY.

Comment from Alpentraum
Time September 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm

If you make the tolerance on speed cameras to +/- 10 percent of the posted speed, the revenue raised would fall by 90 percent which means state governmet would quickly loose interest in this one sided approach to safety.

Comment from Timbo
Time September 8, 2012 at 3:00 am

Heaven forbid the government should try to tackle the real issues behind the road toll instead of meaningless posturing via number plate slogans. How about decent rural roads and a proper driver licence test for a start. However, bear in mind the propaganda slogan on the plates could have been much worse: “Speed kills” or “wipe off 5” (!) come to mind. Perhaps we should be thankful for small mercies.

Comment from Bob
Time September 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

So everyone complained about the government advertising bill under Labour. Ted campaigned on reducing significantly the advertising bill. This would mean that you stupid citizens need to do your own research into what the government is achieving. Tafe cuts are funding things such as the $630M the government is spending on a new hospital in Bendigo which will provide 305 NEW beds. So while I agree that speed cameras are revenue raisers, I think that the current government is doing what it promised in some categories. Wake up Victoria!!!

Comment from Uncle Vernon
Time September 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Victoria a home for the endangered Lerts

Comment from Awake Now
Time September 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

@Ed – I think “Wake up Ted” would be a better slogan

@Whistleblower -not sure if your name is really Ray, but the author of the link you referred to has been in dispute with the Government on a whole range of matters, unrelated to Sam or the bushfires. Not sure I’d rely on his posts. The term snake oil salesman comes to mind

Comment from carl
Time September 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

Does anyone else find that the new slogan sends the wrong message.

Visit victoria you must stay alert to stay alive
because those drunken idiots in melbourne cbd and around night spots will belt the sh#$ out of you if your not alert

Comment from Anonymous
Time September 9, 2012 at 2:10 am

Speed cameras KILL
The benefit of speed cameras has been lost due to over utilisation and inappropriate use. Speed cameras only have a place in actual black spots (places where deaths are directly attributed to the environment etc not from suicides or heart attacks) Right now they are just revenue raisers and they lack any real justification.
The statistics used to justify them are obtained by including accidents that occur at speeds below or equal to the posted limit but still considered speeding as the vehicle was travelling too fast. EG doing 80 in a 100 zone in extreme fog and running up the back of a truck. Speed cameras can’t stop this kind of speeding only proper education can but education costs money and doesn’t rake in the big bucks. so Stay alert Do the appropriate speed for the conditions and Stay alive.

Comment from johnno
Time September 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

Who cares what happens in Victoria? zzzzzzzz

Comment from danno – sydney
Time September 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

You will need to stay alert in Victoria. It’s so boring you will go to sleep.

Comment from Tom Barton
Time September 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Ha! Well done! Now ask Peter Ryan (I know nothing, nothing! …with apologies to Sgt. Schultz!) and Teddy boy (Who me? Where am I?) about another blatant injstice occurring at most intersections with combo speed and red light cameras. It’s a tactic called amber light shortening but in the rest of the world it is called yellow light shortening. How it works:

1/ Most people get used to traffic lights giving them a certain amount of green cycle followed by about four seconds of amber and they time their take off and entry into intersections accordingly. People usually guesstimate well and manage to avoid being snapped.

2/ The camera operators know this and so they pull a swifty. Every now and again…it happens at intermittent times to catch people out…the green cycle is suddenly shortened for one series of light changes and the amber light which follows drops down to about two seconds duration. So what happens? Poor buggers who have taken off assuming they will make it through the intersection in good time get snapped…more money for government coffers!

I have seen this happen quite a few times and if you ask professional drivers like truckies they’ll fill you in accordingly. I wrote to Ryan and Ted and was fobbed off with a “thanks for your email” reply. I even wrote to the Herald Sun but nothing came of it. This is a known ruse which has been used in Europe and the US. In every case where it was discovered civil or criminal prosecution followed. In Victoria? APATHY and SHEER ACCEPTANCE!

I’m an old fart and I don’t have the means to set up a camera surveillance unit at any of the intersections concerned but surely someone out there can do it. And it needs to happen. Ted’s bunch went from being wary of cameras to being all for them once they realised how much cash they rake in. And now that the Libs have money demands on the budget it looks like the motorist is going to get slugged again…Why else are they considering dropping speed limits and creating more 40 zones? People in quiet modern cars will invariably drift over the limit and this new ploy will catch out people who have judicially managed to avoid camera fines in the past.

TED YOU STINK!

Comment from Tom Barton
Time September 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

P.S.
here are some proof of concept links about yellow (amber) light shortening:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10458570-71.html

http://blog.motorists.org/6-cities-that-were-caught-shortening-yellow-light-times-for-profit/

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090202/0202023601.shtml

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/31/3128.asp

DON’T THINK, FOR A MOMENT, THAT IT WOULDN’T HAPPEN HERE. THE LURE OF BIG BUCKS IS JUST TOO STRONG!

Comment from Gary
Time September 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

Problem is that if you are reading it, you’re probably not concentrating on the road.

Maybe it’s meant for visitors wandering along King Street, Banana Alley, or Flinders Lane at night time.

Or maybe it’s our new export product – all ready to go for the Middle East, Africa, and the odd inner city enclave in major cities. Then again, divers could use it, same with major events, such as Spain’s “Running of the Bulls”.

I do empathise with the need to promote safety through safety messages, but this is a case of wrong slogan in the wrong place.

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