Tag Archives: speed limits

The Fluke of Edinburgh

It probably was a fluke that the Duke survived the crash at the junction on the A149. Consider the dilemma. You’re on a minor road. You arrive at a junction. You are faced with streams of traffic coming at you … Continue reading

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The law is an ass (Part 383)

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police, national head of roads policing, proposes penalising drivers for exceeding the speed limit by 1mph. “We are proud to be law enforcers,” he says. He seems to embody the dangerous banality of roads … Continue reading

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More morons

As if we’re incapable of driving in a straight line at a plodding 60mph, Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Highways England, wants a year to test the raising of the motorway speed limit when no roadworks are in progress, e.g. on … Continue reading

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Sharia law on our roads

Simple-minded roads ministers are planning to quadruple fines for the fabricated crime of “speeding”. Presuming guilt, removing responsibility, outlawing discretion, and infantilising us by making us drive by numbers instead of harnessing our humanity and encouraging us to drive by … Continue reading

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Education not enforcement; context not numbers

Stricter enforcement is on the cards for certain motoring offences, particularly driving fast (story here). Ironically, “Drivers who drive faster than average have the lowest accident rates yet they are the primary target of speed enforcement,” writes US researcher, Chad … Continue reading

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Extending speed limits

There are plans to reduce speed limits in towns and on rural roads. Like traffic lights, speed limits would be redundant if the rules of the road were based on equality instead of priority, if roads were designed to express a social … Continue reading

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A question of justice

If Chris Huhne’s alleged act perverts the course of justice, does non-discretionary traffic regulation pervert the cause of justice?

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Numbers v context

On the Today Programme the other day, a road safety spokesman (I missed his name) said the only way to reduce accidents is to reduce speed limits. He wants 20mph in all urban areas. As I’ve written elsewhere, would you want to … Continue reading

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Roads minister on speed (as it were)

Until the last paragraph, this sounded reasonable … People shouldn’t need speed limits to “tell them what speed to drive at”! Too often the limit is a target, and even 20 in an urban setting, especially with children around, can … Continue reading

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Huhne in another context

Whether Chris Huhne tried to pass the buck or not, his saga reveals the contortions to which citizens can be driven to escape the tentacles of a system that values the letter of the law above the spirit. Speed does not kill. … Continue reading

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