However Roggenkamp is finding that the new Joh Bjelke Newman LNP government has been no more receptive to fixing the training system (none!) for obtaining driver's licences in Queensland. Roggenkamp made several pleas for support to MP Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King as well as LNP leaders prior to the election. With the election now long-past and the budget priorities set, Roggenkamp now realises that his expertise in this matter is being ignored just as completely as the ALP idiots before them.
On this subject we are in full agreement with Roggenkamp. Anyone who travels internationally knows that Queensland drivers are the worst in the world, and it's these driver-parents "teaching" their children who continue to infect the next generation. Add to it mobile phones, texting, and Australia's huge drink driving problem - it's no wonder the traffic fatality and injury RATE in Australia is climbing while most other countries are seeing declines.
And recently several countries who used to accept an Australian driving licence as equal to their own (Japan, Germany, some U.S. states) now require those with an Australian licence to sit a written test as well as driving test due to the disrepute of our system.
There are several features of "best practise" driver training that need to be adopted in Australia. Some of these include:
- Compulsory Classroom Training Hours BEFORE issuance of learner's permit
- Compulsory in-car training BEFORE any practise with parents
- Required retraining class hours for tickets prior to age 21
- Licencing of all driver's training professionals and schools
In many countries the required classroom education is given by secondary schools prior to the minimum age for issuance of a Learner's Licence. Oddly, the QTU has in the past indicated disinterest in adding this to the high school curriculum. Teachers not wanting to teach? Funny that.
What do we do about the rest of the bad drivers on the road? Requirements for retraining and retesting after violations or accidents would be a start. Jail for second (and more) drink driving convictions - a little Sharia law for these people wouldn't be a bad thing.
There would seem to be little chance of government leadership on this issue in Queensland. Politicians are too drunk on speed camera money and we see none with the cajones to do anything.
Roggenkamp has regularly called in to the Cueball show to lobby for overhaul of our system. Roggenkamp is delusional if he thinks this radio hack or his listeners have the intelligence or interest in this issue - if he was really serious he'd have a written plan, with requirements and outcomes, and he'd be pushing it on the ABC and television networks, not with the King of hillbilly radio. For MacKenzie, this subject doesn't have the pizazz of attacking and tearing down a female mayor, or pushing for the idiotic $120M dredging of the inlet to sell a few more never-to-be-used tourist didgeridoos. Getting 300 hillbilly listeners to get interested in this subject is near to impossible, so it's ignored by MacKenzie who has never shown any interest in improving our community.
$120M would go a long way towards saving lives, but it requires actual work from our pollies on the back of an organised and reasoned media campaign. Funny that.