BY ADRIAN MILLER
DON'T blame the 4WDs, blame the person driving the car.
That is the message from Morris Cann who believes calling for a ban on 4WDs around schools is ludicrous, and will only lead to tension between 4WDs and car drivers.
Mr Cann was speaking to The Daily Examiner in reaction to NSW Deputy State Coroner claim that 4WDs should be banned around schools.
Mr Cann said people should be more worried about the driver behind the wheel than what vehicle they were driving.
"It's not the car's fault, or the 4WD or the truck, it's the person behind the wheel and people must accept that," he said.
Mr Cann said banning 4WDs from schools would not solve problems, as other many vehicles which could pose a threat to children's safety.
"You've got Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Jaguars. They are vehicles over two tonnes, they've got a longer bonnet than a 4WD. Are you going to call a ban on them, because your vision out one of those big vehicles is probably worse than a 4WD," he said. "If I sit in the front (of his Nissan Patrol) and I stand my three-year-old grandson in front of the car I can see him clearly."
He said vehicles people would turn to if 4WDs were banned, such as people movers, had just as many vision problems, and would not make schools any safer.
Mr Cann, who has driven 4WDs for the past 44 years, said the coroner's comments would create animosity between drivers, and could lead to road rage.