Should you be able to buy back demerit points if you get caught speeding?
Should you be able to buy back demerit points if you get caught speeding? Helen Spelitis

Sorry Eddie McGuire, you’re wrong on demerit point buy back

YOU may have heard of a story doing the rounds last week calling for motorists to be able to buy back demerit points if they got done speeding.

Supporting reasons included, people who lost their licences would probably drive anyway, law-abiding citizens were being unfairly punished, and that the road toll was far less than in the '70s.

Would it surprise you to know that it was written by Eddie McGuire?

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

So much is wrong with the idea of buying back demerit points that it's hard to know where to start.

Arguing that people shouldn't lose their licence for speeding, because they'll probably just continue to drive anyway, is the scariest idea I've heard in a while.

The road toll is less than 30 years ago largely because cars are so much safer than they ever were, with airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, crumple zones and more helping us survive crashes we would've died in.

At the end of the day, whether you consider the proliferation of speed cameras to be revenue-raising or not, speed limits are there for a reason.

The days of cruising at 10% above the speed limit are gone and there's so much focus on police reducing the tolerance for speeders that there's really no excuse to get caught.

But if your idea of road safety is allowing rich people to buy their way out of trouble, while poor people cop it on the chin, then maybe Eddie's idea is for you.


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