Frustrated by being stuck in traffic because of a crash up ahead? Former firefighter and Wellington motorist Grant Edlin is doing something about it.
Edlin has launched a website bulletin board of road accidents that could also be used to bring legal action against dangerous drivers.
Traffic hold-ups caused by bad drivers have become “a bone of contention” with him after 20-odd years of working for the fire service. “People who drive stupidly never suffer the consequences. They may suffer a traffic fine but they are never put in the picture,” he says.
“Í want to offer the public a place to state their views and add to the list of incidents. It might start to indicate more clearly who or what is involved in these so-called accidents. I want to make it both possible and easy for people to report these accidents and act on seeking compensation if the particular case merits it."
The site will be funded by charging people a small fee when any compensation claims are fought.
Edlin, who also runs website consultancy On The Web, set up 1click for people to check for accidents, report them and add their comments. Only details of crashes will be posted. Drivers won’t be identified.
The site will also be used to pressure Transit New Zealand into improving accident blackspots.
The Automobile Association runs a similar site, but Edlin says, it mainly reports roadworks and weather conditions.
Cellphone text messages can be received through the 1click site, and via a freephone service.