Campaign slams road policy failure

Unsafe road?
Unsafe road?
The new EuroRAP roads safety report published recently indicates substantial failures by authorities to improve road safety through proper engineering, according to road safety campaign Safe Speed.

There are two main forces driving the failure, according to the campaign:

  • Lack of investment due to 'anti-road policies'
  • Wrong solutions due to poor understanding of the nature of road safety

Campaign founder Paul Smith said: "Clearly the government and local authorities do not fully appreciate the nature of their road safety responsibilities. We have seen vast amounts of money spent on cameras and reduced speed limits when proper engineering treatments would have been far more effective.

"These wrong policies may make some roads safer, but they also make drivers worse and the overall effect is bad enough to swamp the substantial benefits arising from improved vehicle safety.

"National road safety policy is driven by politics and dogma when it should be driven by science and understanding. The real foundation of road safety is road user psychology and we won't get road safety back on track until this is understood and properly factored in."

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  • jas16 08 Jun 2006

    well for all the money they r gettin from us, the roads should be as gd as they get

  • bigjimmy 08 Jun 2006

    I have asked this before, but who other than us PistonHead people get look at all the findings published by Safe speed?

  • Chas-Chiro 08 Jun 2006

    It is about time they asked the people who drive on these roads what is wrong with the design.

    Some idiotic pencil pushing prat in an office several hundred miles away from the ruined road system is not going to do the job.

    Ask the drivers? Then they would be out of a job but many lives saved and many happy motorists.

    I have written to the highways agency to tell them about bad traffic junctions and advised how to improve them only get at best "we are cureently lokking into this, thank you for your input", normally "this is totally unaccetable do to the circumstances" this means they won't spend any money or a councilor lives there.

    Time to put road planning into the drivers hands, Improve the Main roads and this will reduce the need to use rat runs and lower accidents. Anybody disagree?

  • spnracing 08 Jun 2006

    bigjimmy said:
    I have asked this before, but who other than us PistonHead people get look at all the findings published by Safe speed?


    No-one.

    Safespeed said:
    We have seen vast amounts of money spent on cameras and reduced speed limits when proper engineering treatments would have been far more effective.


    I thought cameras paid for themselves and indeed actually generated revenue?

    Furthermore I would have thought that the cost of putting a camera up hardly compares to a road engineering scheme to for example straighten a dangerous bend.

    This is an amateur web site author trying to tell professional civil engineers how to do their jobs.

    Another rather strange 'press release'.

  • spnracing 08 Jun 2006

    Furthermore look at the table in the attached link for the number of road safety schemes and their relative successes. The only person obsessed with speed cameras is Safespeed himself.

    www.rospa.org.uk/roadsafety/advice/highway/local_schemes.htm

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