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Today, readers comment on ways to combat a rising road toll, welcome electric car manufacturing to Adelaide, back calls for councillors to register contact with developers, and reminisce about a lost Port Adelaide.

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Reining back road toll

Commenting on the story: Tougher laws on table as pedestrian, motorcyclist deaths rise

I am all for harsher penalties for road offences, but what about rewarding those with a clean record in the form of reduced or discounted registration. – Rino De Siato

A couple of safety additions to cars could be a lit-up sign across the back window showing the car’s speed, and a mobile phone immobiliser while the engine is running. 

Nobody needs to be on a phone while driving. – Sue Fuller

The old adage ‘beatings will continue until morale has improved’ has never motivated anyone to be better.

‘Tougher laws’…good grief Charlie Brown. What is the point of tougher laws if SAPOL don’t have the resources to be on the roads policing the laws?

Bring back a dedicated road patrol unit of bikes and cars, marked and unmarked, 24/7. The infringement notices issued would ensure the unit is self-funding.

How about using technology and the ocean of entrepreneurs to create a device that must be attached to every vehicle and can be scanned by SAPOL patrolling officers and AI, providing an instant dashboard read out of vehicle speed past and present, registration and owner details. No device and you’re off the road.

Big brother? Yes. More power I say to big brother and big sister on our roads.

Let’s hope the ‘crisis forum’ individual participants will think very differently to what is obviously not working now. Steve Harrison

Win for manufacturing and environment

Commenting on the story: Electric vehicles to recharge Adelaide manufacturing

It is wonderful that someone has the vision to start building EVs in Australia.

ACE EV has a smart idea to occupy a niche market, and South Australia is just the place to manufacture these vehicles.

EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and this results in cleaner air for all of us to breathe, as well as helping to bring down Australia’s rising greenhouse gas emissions. – Graeme McLeay

Bring on a register

Commenting on the story: Call for city councillors to declare developer contact

An online register is a great idea, as conflict of interest policies have not removed the community perception of bias towards developers.

Such an online register for all levels of government includes the State Planning Commission, State Commission Assessment Panel and its advisory group.

Well-considered submissions on the new Planning and Design Code remain unacknowledged and ignored.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia proposed that the Code should remove all reference to contributory items in

historic conservation zones, both existing and in the future. The new Code does just that.

Did they think no one would notice?

NIMBY is not a dirty acronym but a necessary standpoint when threats to heritage and community consultation are the issues.

Our heritage is at risk and we’d welcome the transparency possible with an online register, to rebuild trust in democratic processes. – Virginia Ward

Old Port is nearly gone

Commenting on the story: Union audit finds dozens of health and safety breaches at Shed 26

My great-great-grandfather, William Knapman, came to Port Misery in the 1840s and built the Cannon Brewery just along the river from Shed 26.

My family lived nearby and I learnt to swim in the river at Ethelton in 1957. Four generations of my family sailed and fished the river and my grandfather Bert built clinker motor boats and put their engines near Shed 26. 

This beautiful saw-tooth shed is a sacred object and should be restored and preserved, just as has happened throughout the world where a sense of history and heritage has prevailed against the hollow men who promise new things.

We stand on the shoulders of those who went before us and it is important that we acknowledge that through our actions in the present.

Let’s not destroy any more of the Old Port. – Steve Knapman

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