Jobandeep Singh Gill imprisonment over Beckett family deaths – another predictable cross roads crash

Here is another example of a trap set by road neglect.  A cross road that looks like a straight road.  A driver falls into this trap and four people die.  The parties responsible for this arrangement?  The government.

These cross roads look like continuing roads from both directions.  It is easily fixed.  An offset intersection would do.  It is cheap especially in relatively flat land and in a rural area with little infrastructure to work around.

“A truck driver has been sentenced to 10 years in prison over the deaths of four members of the same family in a collision in Melbourne’s south-east last year.

Jobandeep Singh Gill, 28, failed to stop at an intersection at Catani in February 2014, hitting a sedan carrying five members of the Beckett family.”

ABC News

The crash was predictable.  The four members of the Beckett family were victims of a predictable event.  So is the next one.

In Victoria we waste money on advertising that blames drivers.  The Transport Accident Commission (the compulsory insurer) has been wasting money on advertising since 1989.  All it amounts to is “barracking” for less accidents.  Like barracking for a horse to win a race.

The advertising does not work.  Some claim it works temporarily.  No one claims it works 20 years later.

But if advertising money in 1989 had fixed this intersection by making it “offset” it would have been still effective in 2014, the Beckett’s would most like still be alive, and Gill would not be in jail.

Here’s another one where a truck nearly destroyed a school bus.



About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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