Frequently Asked Questions
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Why only 'Industrialized' Countries?
How do you know this system would work?
Isn't this rather like 'Big Brother'?
Isn't this invading people's privacy?
Isn't this a lot of effort to go to?
What can I do to help?
Is this a 'non-profit' Organisation?
Why is this system appropriate for the 21st. century?
Where did this system originate?
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Why only 'Industrialized' Countries?
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The problems of road safety... in the more industrially advanced countries are very different to those of a 'Developing' country.  While we may discuss the benefits of, say, fitting seat belts on buses... in many 'Developing' countries you will find people sitting on the roof or hanging on the outside.  The simple need to get from A-B far outweighs any safety issues... quite simply, safety is a luxury they cannot afford!  In particular we are talking about safety concerning the large scale use of private motor vehicles... of which there are millions in the Industrialized world and something only the 'elite' enjoy in most under developed countries.  This system also heavily relies on... having a detailed system of vehicle registration: suitable training programmes: a high level of literacy: and easy access to the Internet.  A certain level of Industrial and Technological advancement is required... but we do not wish to speculate about which countries would, or would not fall into this category.
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However... despite the fact that many Developing countries have inadequate roads and unroadworthy vehicles... their most serious problems can also be attributed to a very poor standard of driver behaviour.  We have touched on their specific problems in the [Article... The Trouble with Developing Countries.]
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Ultimately... it is for each individual country to decide whether this would be a suitable programme for them to become involved in or not.
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How do you know this system would work?

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The short answer is we don't.  It is our belief that it would work... and in 'The Plan' we have laid out our reasons why... but it is up to each individual to judge the logic of the argument for themselves.  This is something that has to be made to work... it does not come with a guarantee... the results would depend on how well the job was done.  In the world of the Internet and modern Telecommunications... nothing seems to be easily predictable.  Despite having huge resources companies believed that WAP phones would be an enormous success... but companies are struggling to recoup their investments... where as little was thought about the possibilities of Text Messaging... which has really taken off. 
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So the bottom line is... What do people really want?  This system can only be a success if people want it to be a success.  The Technology is there... but this system is about 'Technology and People'.  If people don't want to participate... not interested? can't be bothered?  Then it won't work!!
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Isn't this rather like 'Big Brother'?
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No... this is nothing like the 'Big Brother' scenario... whereby Society is increasingly run by the all seeing... all knowing... hand of a centralised Autocratic Government... while the ordinary citizen has no power or influence.  Neither is it at the other end of the spectrum... where the State has no power... the law is not upheld... and Anarchy rules... with a few individuals managing to grab some power for themselves under a dangerous free for all.  This system takes a middle route... it upholds the rule of law by empowering large numbers of ordinary citizens... by making individuals accountable for their actions... and limiting the role of the 'State'. 
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Something which is much more in tune with the spirit of Democracy.
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Isn't this invading people's privacy?

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No it is not... 'privacy' concerns your own personal business... or what you do behind closed doors where it has no affect on anyone else.  If someone is out on the public highway they can already be seen by countless others... and what they do can potentially have devastating effects on those around them... what they do is therefore the legitimate concern of everyone they share the roads with.  One person's moment of madness can easily be turned into another person's lifetime of misery!  Is it right that a person should only be able to voice their concerns about someone's reckless behaviour after they have been condemned to a lifetime in a wheelchair?
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For those who believe... that Society, in general, is being monitored to closely... we would say... many people complete hundreds of separate journey in a single year... and for the vast majority, very few of these journeys would result in a driver being 'reported'.  In that same space of time... the average driver is likely to be caught on different types of cameras... placed around Towns and Cities... literally, thousands of times.
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Drivers could always just drive safely to avoid being 'reported'... but there isn't a lot they can do to avoid all the cameras.
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Isn't this a lot of effort to go to?

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Dealing with the results of 'Road Carnage'... also takes a great deal of effort.  It causes enormous damage both in financial and social terms... it costs literally billions of dollars... ruins hundreds of thousands of lives... wastes an enormous amount of resources... and reducing its effects is certainly worthy of an enormous effort!  For most individuals... there would not be a huge amount of effort involved... even those becoming 'Road Supervisors'... it would just mean, perhaps, 'logging on' a couple of times a week and filling in a form... and very occasionally acting as a witness to an accident... or helping at a breakdown... and that would be about it.  It would certainly require a greater effort by those individuals who became 'Senior' Road Supervisors or became actively involved in Review Panels... but at least that would be their own choice.
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The bottom line is... any effort made in these ways absolutely pails into insignificance when compared with the enormous effort and commitment required to look after a seriously injured person for a lifetime.
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What can I do to help?

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Get involved!  To any degree you wish... no one is imposing any limits on what you can or cannot do.  It's your Society... so make sure you become a part of it... have your say... make a contribution of some kind.  This whole system... from start to finish is aimed at one thing... 'getting people to participate'.  Just one thing you should not do... and that is, do nothing... and then complain about the way things are! 
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If you think that... 'someone should be doing something'... then why shouldn't that someone be you?
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Is this a non-profit Organisation?

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We are not registered as a 'non-profit' Organisation... neither are we registered as a 'Charity'.  This is not a case of gathering money from the well off to benefit a separate group of needy individuals.  Ultimately, any 'beneficiaries', would be the very same people who made donations in the first place: [as explained in the section 'Benefits, Details'.]  Any funds raised would go to... run the Network: plus, new computer systems: the website re-designed: development of online communities: some translations: and all their associated costs being the first priority.  After that... funds would be used on... advertising: publicity: promotions: political lobbying: etc. etc. whatever was seen as the most cost effective way of pursuing the objectives. 
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There are about... 185,000 'Charities' registered in the U.K. alone... and many of these will spend a very significant part of their income on 'admin' costs... and a relatively small percentage actually going to the intended recipients.  None of our activities could be deemed as 'charitable'... this is about giving people the opportunity to influence the direction their Society moves in... due to the inevitable changes brought about by 'Information Technology'.
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Registering as... some kind of 'non-profit' Organisation may be a longer term ambition... but there are strict rules to follow to achieve this.  As of the outset... we have no income of any kind... so ensuring that you do not end up showing a profit at the end of the financial year is a fairly low priority at this stage.
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At present... we do not know what the final structure of the Organisation will be... but we will make one undertaking... that is... that everything which is donated to this Organisation will be spent directly on furthering our stated objectives.
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Why is this system appropriate for the 21st. century?

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We are now in the 'Information Age'.  The introduction of the Internet now makes it possible to... gather: process: and disseminate: large volumes of Information in a way which was previously unthinkable.  As drivers... we have all seen many examples of 'bad' driving over the years... but this 'Information' has never been gathered together in a single place... so that it could be put to a useful purpose.
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This Road Safety initiative... is about gathering this Information together: [like collecting together many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle which have been scattered across the countryside:] so as to identify individual 'problem' drivers... to build up a detailed picture showing the exact nature of their 'problems'... and to develop a whole range of strategies to rectify those 'problems'.  As opposed to the present system of just... reacting to accidents: booking the odd offender they happen to see: or standing on the roadside trying to catch out easy targets: i.e. anyone unfortunate enough to drive past at that moment.  These are all simplistic solutions to a complex problem!
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Our solution?  In the 'Information Age' we need to start using large volumes of high-quality 'Information' in order to tackle the problem in a 'radically' different way.  We may be dealing with a 20th century problem! but it's time we set our sights on a 21st century solution!!
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Where did this system originate? 
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The concept of... the Road Supervisors Scheme originated in the U.K. circa 2000... as of the launch date, all the... Financing: Ideas: and Content: have been done by...  Andrew W. Macnamara.
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The main influences... were a system which operated among Taxis in Sydney, Australia... whereby about one in ten of all taxi drivers had the status [and title] of a 'Road Supervisor'.  These senior drivers would be used to keep 'miscreant' drivers under control... by reporting them whenever they were seen breaking the rules.  And also from a voluntary scheme run in Britain: [similar schemes also operate in other countries] whereby some commercial vehicles would have signs on the side, or back which would say... 'my skills as a professional driver are on display... if you have any complains please ring..... this number', which would give some feedback to the employer.  More generally known as... 'How's my driving' type schemes!
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These ideas... together with the capabilities of the Internet and modern communications... make it possible to operate something similar... but on a much larger scale.
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