$wd's on suburban streets

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:33
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Well it's on again, another serious accident in Adelaide involving a 4WD with "you guessed it" a 'BULLBAR'.

Read today's Advertiser to see the letters to the editor once again bagging us 4wdrivers.
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Reply By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:37

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:37
would have hurt as much if the vehicle had a standard bumper
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 08:28

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 08:28
Geoff.
I don't wish to make lite of what these people are going through right now BUT, 4WD and BULLBAR make great editorial.
Just not the same impact (excuse the pun) if it was a 1996 Ford Laser.

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Reply By: Rob! - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:18

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:18
The editors of the paper probably have 4WD themselves.
Sad isn't it.

Has anyone read Ben Elton's "High Society".

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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:41

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:41
The driver fell "asleep at the wheel". Fortunately for the victims, had he been driving a normal vehicle, he would have been travelling faster.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:45

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:45
Someone should point this out in a letter to the editor.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:44

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:44
There was an article in paper here (been looking for it), the story went along the lines of non biased against 4b's!!

Then there was a line that had been put in well after the writer had finished, obviously by the PR dept,

"WITH A BULLBAR".

The error was such, it had nothing to do with that section of the story, they were talking about road conditions! Went somethign like.

"Police state that the road conditions were not bad at that time of day, With a bullbar, and are at a loss as to the cause of the crash."

But it had to be thrown in there.
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:22

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:22
Their job is to sell papers not worry about upsetting a comparitively small group of 4by owners/drivers! They'll always go for the sensational side of a story regardless of whether there's a grain of truth in it or not!
And mostly there isn't.
I read on the BBC news that the SUN newspaper in the UK ran a scandalous story following the Hillsborough Stadium fire which killed many football supporters.
In the story they said that Liverpool fans had urinated on corpses and they generally slagged off anyone from that part of England.
It's been calculated that since that day, something like 50,000 people every day don't buy that paper and that has meant that they've lost up to $50 million in lost sales.
Now that must have hurt and will no doubt serve as warning to a few of the other tabloid editors over there not to be so blatantly untrue with what they print or it will backfire on them.
Meanwhile, we haven't got that sort of clout, so they'll print what they like with impunity, as long as it isn't outright libel or deformation.
We can only hope that our hordes of legistlators will sort the facts from the hyperbole before coming out with draconian laws to fix a problem which virtually doesn't exist!
And if it does exist it's usually because some idiot hasn't looked where they were going!
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Reply By: Member - Mark S (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 15:32

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 15:32
Due to a couple of accidents last week in Perth involving 'street racing' and commodores there is a proposal to ban all commodores with wheels. Makes as much sense as the rubbish in the Advertiser. rgds
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Reply By: Member - Algee (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:56

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:56
I have just about had with the 4x4 bashing in NSW. That idiot Harold Scrubby from the Pedestrian Council gets all the airtime he wants. Its about time we organsied a rally outside all the states parliments houses to show these idiots that run the country just how many votes are in 4x4's.

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Reply By: motherhen - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 00:51

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 00:51
Gee those pedestrians ought to be a bit more selective - they should run out in front of cars without bullbars then if they don't wanna get hurt by bulbars!
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Reply By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 03:43

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 03:43
Yep Geoff,

Certainly some irrational comments hey ?

"These vehicles are a menace ......." like, they have a mind of there own ? - Duh !

I especially liked the comment, "they block the view of other road users"
Yea, right - of course buses, trucks, delivery vans, etc. don't.

It's frightening to think that other d...heads actually agree with such crap.

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