Friends of a young musician who died after being hit by a car in Dry Street have urged transport bosses to review plans for a 40mph speed limit at the accident blackspot.What, they were planning to raise it?
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the current speed limit to be lowered from 60mph to 30mph.Ah. I see. They were already planning to lower it, but not by enough to suit the ‘Something must BE DONE!’ crowd…
Mr Bowan’s friend, Kerry Kinch, 20, of The Upway, Basildon, launched the petition to stop others losing their lives in the same way in the future.
“We can’t change what happened to him, but we can stop it happening to someone else. I have seen the impact his death has had on his family and no one should have to go through that.
“If the speed limit was 30mph, Justin would have had a few broken bones, but would have lived.”Would he? Can you say that with certainty?
“Someone travelling at 30mph would be able to brake before it’s too late, but that chance is severely reduced if someone is driving 10mph faster.”Of course, it’s entirely possible that further deaths will still occur because people are distracted or simply don’t obey the law.
And then no doubt Kerry will get up a petition for a further reduction. Maybe she won’t be happy until we bring back the man with the red flag…
And if speed limits are obviously not in keeping with the general character of a road then nobody will obey them anyway. Restrictions have to be reasonable to be respected.
And all road-crossing-pedestrians (and users of level-crossings-when-the-barrier-is-down) are 'innocent' victims, deprived of aural & optical senses in the moments before impact.
... but we can stop it happening to someone else.
Let's see... fast, narrow, country road, one hour before sunset and no pavement.
Do I really need to state the obvious?
"Restrictions have to be reasonable to be respected."
And, even more crucially, they have to be enforced.
"...deprived of aural & optical senses in the moments before impact...."
You'll like my later post about cyclists then... ;)
"Do I really need to state the obvious?"
They aren't listening.
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