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The Introduction.
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Introduction.
The Problems.
The Concept.
The Project.
The Articles.
The Bottom Line.
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Introduction.
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The Internet... Information technology... and modern Communications... offer us a unique opportunity to tackle old problems in totally different ways.  This website outlines a Road Safety Concept which we believe has the potential to significantly reduce the level of accidents... by utilizing the power of the Internet.  Our aim is to refine, develop and promote this Concept further as part of an online, interactive Project... which we would like our visitors to participate in.  [Although based in Britain... the Problems... general Concepts... and possible Solutions... under discussion are not specific to any one country.]
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New Technology.
New technologies... such as satellites, barcodes, black-boxes, radio chips, V2V information and Cameras will inevitably bring about some very radical changes.  Both the State and Insurance companies will use this Technology to... monitor your journeys for road pricing schemes... pay-as-you-go insurance policies... to control your vehicle for "elf & safety" reasons... and as a more efficient means of punishing road users.  These changes may come in the form of...
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  • (1.) A system known as 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation' which uses satellite G.P.S. technology to prevent vehicles from exceeding speed limits.  [A system the E.U. stated that it would like to see introduced in all member States.]
  • (2.) A system known as 'Electronic Vehicle Identification' which would mean fitting every vehicle with a microchip.  Road sensors linked to a central computer would allow drivers to be automatically prosecuted for a wide range of offences, including... speeding, illegal parking and road tax evasion... [could also be used for... road pricing and congestion charging.]
  • (3.) It could just come in a more simple form... such as blanket coverage of the roads with various kinds of Speed Cameras.  [Or any combination of the above.]
All the afore mentioned... are examples of Technology being implemented 'Big Brother' style.  Example (1.) gives a centralized 'State' the power to physically control the behaviour of its citizens... [but without taking any responsibility for the consequences when things go wrong.]  Examples (2.) and (3.) enable the 'State' to control the behaviour of its citizens through fear of Punishment.  All focus on a very narrow range of behaviour... all are incredibly expensive for a whole country to implement... none are likely to be very effective.  [Example (2.) also gives the State the power to accurately monitor all your movements.]
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Pro-car... anti-car.  If you enjoy driving... none of these systems are going to enhance your driving experience.  If you hate some aspect of driving... [or just cars in general] none of these systems are going to solve your problem.  At best, they may slightly reduce one or two problems... at worst, they'll just create a whole set of new problems you'll have to contend with. 
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The Problems.
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Road accidents happen for a lot of different reasons, like... adverse weather conditions... poor road construction, layout, signage or maintenance... unroadworthy vehicles... a lack of policing... poor training... fatigue... bad habits common to the prevailing road culture... one-off mistakes by ordinary, low-risk drivers... and finally, the most common reason... accidents which are caused by the most serious and persistent offenders... because of a pattern of high-risk behaviour which has been allowed to develop and continue unchecked over a period of time.  If an accident was due to... an uncharacteristic error... a lapse in concentration... or an unpredictable set of circumstances... then there probably wasn't much you could have done to prevent it.  If it was due to any pattern of 'high-risk' behaviour... then there probably was! 
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Most of these new technologies do not really target any particular problem... they may be very good when it comes to monitoring or controlling the law-abiding majority, who are not a problem... but totally ineffective against the very people who need to be brought under control.
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The Concept...
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known as 'The Road Supervisors Scheme' [which has been laid out in detail throughout the following pages] has the potential to significantly reduce Road Accidents... without costing a fortune.  This is a pro-active Plan that relies on People participation and new Technology.  It utilizes the power of the Internet in order to... identify any pattern of high-risk behaviour... and then takes a systematic approach to rectifying that behaviour.  This is a system that...
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  • uses 'Information' as the principal force for changing driver behaviour... rather than simply relying on various forms of 'Punishment'... which is the principal force used at present.
  • uses motivation, deterrents, targeted education, social pressure, enforcement and punishment... to raise standards and reduce the level of high-risk activity.
  • is flexible enough to target any problem, whether it is... a single high-risk individual... some bad habits within the general road-culture... or some part of the physical road environment which is contributing to inter-driver conflict.
  • would empower the law-abiding majority... experienced drivers working with the Authorities... targeting illegal drivers and any high-risk individuals.
  • allows Technology so do what it is good at... number crunching... collecting, processing and disseminating Information.
  • allows the Police to concentrate on serious offenders and emergency situations... rather than penalising sensible people... who are doing perfectly reasonable things.
  • could revolutionise 'Road Safety' by empowering the users... in a way that social networking sites like... eBay, Facebook, YouTube and MySpace have done.
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At Road Supervisors...
we firmly believe that 'drivers' are our greatest asset... and where possible, new Technology should be implemented in ways that harness their experience and complement their skills... that empowers individuals so they become active participants in their own Society... working with the Authorities... rather than just passive onlookers being monitored, controlled and punished by an all powerful State.  When the State tries to claim a role for itself that it cannot play... and tries to give Technology a job that it cannot do... there is very little chance of success.
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The Project. 
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The basic Idea and Philosophy behind 'The Project' is the same as for 'The Concept'.  That is... "the most valuable asset that we have are people".  They have an infinite amount of... Talent: Experience: Energy: and Ideas... which could be tapped into.  The Internet now gives us the opportunity to harness those Talents, wherever they may be... exchange Ideas... and Communicate with large numbers of people very quickly.  What exactly can be achieved in this way has yet to be determined.
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Many of these new Technologies will be introduced over the coming decades.  They will bring about changes... and those changes will have an effect on your life.  Whatever country you live in... the Internet makes it possible for you to become an active participant rather than just a passive bystander.  It's your Society... it's your life... so, get involved... have your say!  One person really can make a difference.
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Law-abiding?  In the UK... the Government is planning to change the points system so drivers could get up to 6 points for one speeding offence [i.e. doing 94mph+ on a Motorway]... or for "failing to identify the driver" as of 24/09/07.  That means there will be 1-2 million law-abiding drivers just one offence away from losing their licence.  Meanwhile... there is now something in the region of 2 million people driving around who have not... registered their vehicle... got an MOT... Road Tax... Insurance... a licence... or have been banned from driving.  This group are up to 9 times more likely to commit some offences than the average driver... and what are the Government's plans for dealing with them?
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Invitation...
We would invite our visitors... to read/scrutinize this Concept... then give us some feedback... good or bad.  This is not a Concept which is set in stone, it is just an Idea... everything is open to discussion... so help us to refine and develop this Concept further by submitting your own... ideas, comments and opinions.  We would particularly like to know...
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  • Firstly... whether you think the basic Concept is workable?  If not, why not?  Are there other strategies which could be used?
  • If it is workable... is it a system drivers would want to live with?  Do drivers want more responsibility... or should it just be left to the State?
  • Is this simply a 'busy-body's charter?  Is the behaviour of other drivers your legitimate concern... or should you just keep quiet until after they actually splatter you across the Highway?
  • What you think of the present system?  Do the police go for easy targets?  Should they be concentrating on the more serious offenders?
  • What you think about the EU's plans for controlling all vehicles using GPS?  Would you be happy with a satellite taking control of your vehicle?
  • What do you think of plans to effectively, increase the driving age to 18 in the UK.  Increasing the average training time from 100hrs to 500hrs before taking a driving test.  [See Daily Mail campaign...Raising the Driving Age to 18.]
  • What kind of developments would you like to see?  Not just in the area of road safety, but... parking, road pricing, enforcement, speed cameras, etc. etc.
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Finally... we would invite you to have at look at the 'Help Us' sections to see exactly how you can get involved in the other aspect of this Project... its Promotion and Implementation.  If you abhor the very idea of the 'State' taking control of your vehicle... of Insurance Companies monitoring every journey you do... are fearful of losing your licence under the present system... worried about losing your job... sick of the Government going for easy targets instead of serious offenders... then help us to devise and promote some better alternatives.  [Help by...
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The Articles... and Resources.
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This website also includes links to outside Articles which are relevant... that help to explain some of the problems... and why something like a RoadSupervisor scheme could be a solution.  Our own in-house Articles will also help to explain the benefits of this kind of system from different perspectives.  You will also find some Resources which might help you to fight a Ticket... and stay on the road... like Legal Tips and Template Letters.
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Drivers not only need to know the 'Rules of the Road'... they also need to know the Law of the Land!  Rightly or wrongly... for many people... the 'Law' is no longer seen as something which will protect them... but something that they need protecting from!!  The Authorities do not just concentrate on the worst offenders... they go for easy targets... and that could be anyone.  Those that get justice are those that can afford it.  [See Legal ebooks.]
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In the UK... if you have Insurance then you are currently being charged about 30-60 per year to cover the cost of damage done by uninsured drivers... while the Fine for those caught with no Insurance is going to be reduced... to about 175 average.  Un-Taxed drivers have risen from 1.34 million in 1999 to 2.17 million in 2006... while prosecutions have fallen from 204,606 in 1999 to 103,108 in 2006.  Let's face it... the law-abiding majority are being taken for a bunch of Mugs!!  So, if you're getting sick of it... let us know... what changes would you like to see?  What do you think about the present system?  What do you think about this new Concept?  Should citizens be actively involved?  Should we leave it all up to the 'State'?  Take a few minutes and let us know.  Give us your Comments... give us your Ideas... give us your Opinions!
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The Bottom Line.
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The only thing we are saying is... that people should be given a say.  Whether it's on the issue of Road Safety... or something like Road Pricing: [1.8 million people signed a petition to say they are against Road Pricing, but are simply ignored.]  And that it would be much better to get a general consensus before making any fundamental changes... rather than impose changes against the wishes of the majority.  So, at this point... we are not saying that some kind of Road Supervisor scheme should be introduced... because we don't know if this is something that people would want.
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Therefore... our main aim is simply to put new innovative ideas into the public domain and find out what people really want in the future... and if the majority don't want something... that should be their prerogative.  In the mean time... there is absolutely no chance of us influencing the debate one way or the other without some assistance!  You will find as many ways to participate in this Project as your... time, energy, resources and talents will allow!!
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