Tag Archives: speed limits

Hit by a bus

The phrase, “You could be killed crossing the road” is a thoughtlessly-repeated phrase, e.g. the other day on The Today Programme by Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty (10.1. 2021, I think it was). Making some parallel with the risk of … Continue reading

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Anyone for tennis? Nope

I’m no fan of the term “nanny state” because good nannies enable rather than disable human flourishment. Blanket lockdown rules that outlaw activities such as tennis among people capable of exercising due care are akin to rigid speed limits that … Continue reading

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Moronic traffic regulation

Traffic regulation is devised by morons for fellow morons as well as bright people. Speed limits and traffic lights require total obedience. They brook no argument if you exercise discretion (e.g. creep across a deserted junction or accelerate briefly to … Continue reading

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Does justice matter?

Yesterday I went to Court to argue my case over a charge of “speeding”. On the wall was a notice headed HM Courts and Tribunals Service. It stated “Justice matters”. In Court I was refused leave to speak about context or … Continue reading

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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

Jim O’Sullivan of Highways England wants a year to test an increase in the motorway speed limit when no roadworks are in progress, e.g. on Sundays, from 50 to 60. They want another year to consider whether adults, with proof … 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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