Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2008, and Happy New Year! There’s nothing quite like a fresh start, and that’s what every New Year has to offer, one way or another. Of course, such things are what we make them, but it is good to put our past mistakes and failures behind us and look ahead to brighter days. I suppose that’s why New Years Resolutions are so popular.

The most common resolutions are to quit smoking, exercise more, eat less, make more of an effort to get along with each other, and to be more successful in our endeavours. Sometimes our resolutions are unrealistic, and sometimes we just don’t bother. But whether resolutions are for you or not, here is something worth considering.

In 2007 New South Wales recorded its lowest road toll since 1945. Today there are thirteen times more cars on the road, and yet the road toll has been trending down since its horrific peak in 1978. Whilst it’s not good news that 445 people have died on our roads in the past year, it is encouraging that safety is improving.

There are several reasons for this, including better roads and better designed cars with more sophisticated safety devices, and it is reasonable to believe that better driver education is also contributing. It is important to recognize where we are succeeding and keep doing what works. So, as we consider our New Years Resolutions, let’s make one of them the resolution to work even harder to stay safe on the road in 2008.

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