In a report on an accident caused by safety barriers in your newspaper (March 27), reference is made to VicRoads’ data showing that barriers save lives.
All such data are necessarily flawed because there is no record of the accidents which do not happen when drivers have adequate space to manoeuvre. Nobody reports a near-miss.
Blind Freddie can see that the barriers generally reduce the options for getting out of trouble.
In the last two weeks, I have witnessed three possible accidents avoided by drivers using space available in the median strip of the Calder Highway.
The space would not have been available had barriers been installed in those places.
Melvyn Cann, Gisborne