Safe Driving Essay

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Part One- Article Report-Safe Driving
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1. The Sydney Morning Herald and the author (Glenda Kwek) of the article have released this particular article in the hope that drivers and young drivers especially, will see the dangers of speeding and the caution that is required when driving or learning to drive. The message that is obviously portrayed in the article is that young drivers must exercise caution while driving and that speeding is deadly. The article expresses that the target readers of the article will not pay attention to the warnings and continues to drive carefree however this may be exactly the right tactic to show young drivers the consequences of speeding and scare them into cautious driving.

2. The main issues are that young drivers and young adults who are eager to drive and have little road experience prioritise having fun first. They disregard the rules, under the impression that they won’t be caught by police, only to learn first-hand why the rules are in place. The article shows three young drivers ages 21, 21 and 19. The driver, a male aged 21 was driving on a stretch of road that is popular for speeding and it was obvious that he was speeding by the state of the mangled wreckage. The concern is that young adults who had their lives ahead of them are acting stupid and that the consequences of speeding are severe. An example from the article of the severity of careless driving is that a pregnant young woman was killed in the car accident. Will more people be killed this way? She was looking forward to being a mother as shown in the photograph (an ultrasound of her baby).

3. Upon reading the article, you may notice the type of car that was involved in the incident. If you are familiar with cars you will be familiar with the car that was crashed, a Honda Integra. The Integra is a sporty car that is favoured by drivers who are speed fans, who are rather rough minded people and who are somewhat unwise. Cars like these are often modified and raced on streets, which is the case with the article in question. There is little doubt in the readers mind that the car that was in the accident was being driven carelessly and with speed in mind. The incident also occurred in the Western Sydney area of St Marys. This is an area notorious for crime and young men inclined to overlook the law. These stereotypes can be linked back to the incident of the article where a young woman had been driving with the wrong people. On average about 17 P platers will crash every day and less than 1 km up the road was the site of a car crash which killed three teenagers.

4. The government regularly creates ad warning campaigns to minimise the fatalities on the road each year but of course there are always accidents occurring because there are those who choose to ignore the warnings. Some solutions would be to teach high school children of the dangers. Adolescents who are close to obtaining a driver’s license and getting their L plates would benefit from education before getting behind the wheel. Another solution would be to introduce more ad campaigns, for example more billboards on the highways and slogans on television. Police patrols should active more often and increased penalties for being caught speeding. Chosen Article- March 2012-News.com.au

“A SUICIDE pact between identical twins could be triggered if one of the women is sent to jail over a crash that cost a young father his arm, a Sydney court heard yesterday.

Sarah Elena Hay, 38, was driving home with her twin sister Elizabeth after a boozy night out when she ploughed her car into the back of a van parked on Barrenjoey Rd, Mona Vale, on Sydney's northern beaches. Father-of-two Brendon "Donny" Robson was standing behind the van when Hay's car careered across the road and pinned him against the vehicle just before 9am on August 15, 2010. Hay's doctor Catherine Brassill yesterday told the District Court the sisters were "two...
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