Retrospective enforcement (apparently supported by Brake!), or preventative education? The government proposes stiffer sentences for drivers who kill. As is usual in the illiterate field of traffic policy, this is a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. The inadequate driving test unleashes platoons of potential killers schooled in the anti-social rules of the road. They are desensitised to the system’s inherent inequalites, its contrived conflicts and the consequences of misjudgment. A stiffer driving test is what’s needed, along with stiffer education, and reform of the grotesque rules of the road.