Government turned a blind eye to bad driving

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I AM attacked in Times Talk, May 8, ‘Driver error is main cause of accidents’. My letter was about motorway speeds.

I am careful to ensure that facts and information I give in my letters are correct and backed by good evidence. Yet it seems your writer lacks the ability to understand the simple points I made. He says that I require vehicles to be controlled by lower limits when I made no such statement.

I reported that the Highways Agency called for lower speed limits on motorways. It has been demonstrated on the M25 round London that a 50mph limit reduces congestion and increases traffic flow. I guess the writer is one of many in this country who lack any knowledge of the laws of motion and aerodynamics to which I referred in my previous letter. Apparently it is also “common knowledge”, a euphemism for the myths that circulate amongst those unwilling to look at transport from an engineering or scientific point of view.

Towards the end of his letter the writer changes tack and raises the matter of bad driving and of low policing rates on our roads. A very important one with which I agree, and one the governments have turned a blind eye to for may years.

Still though the writer attacks me because of Derbyshire’s own “accident” figures. In fact they are reported in the DCC Annual Road Casualty Report. As collisions on our roads are predictable they cannot be described as accidents.

Apparently mixing up the county with the police, the writer tells us the latter list driver error as the main cause of accidents. I just ask him to explain what is the difference between a bad driver and a driver who is driving too fast?

CHARLES BROWN

Chesterfield