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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 01:04 
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Biker killed pensioner when she checked her speedo
21 Aug 2017
Norfolk

A chocolate maker killed a pensioner when she checked to see how far over the 30 mph speed limit she was, a court heard. Jessica Wells, 22, spotted a speed camera as she weaved in and out of traffic and looked down at her dashboard which showed she was doing 44mph. At that moment Ian Rose, 80, was getting off a 321 bus in Eltham Road in Blackheath, south east London and Wells crashed into him. Prosecutor Nicola Merrick said:…

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When we drive along a road and we wish to adjust a control, perhaps to alter the music volume, for example we ensure that the whole environment is safe before we do so.
However when we approach a speed camera it might not be ideal conditions to check, but we need to be absolutely sure that we are well within the posted limit so that we can preserve our licences, to protect our lifestyle and our livelihoods.
No matter what speed we are travelling at, when we approach a speed camera we want to know our speed because a quarter of our licence is depending on it.

When something threatens our licence we will give it priority attention, sadly even above prevention of damage to people and property.
It goes against our instinct to 'look ahead' but it still takes priority. Because we do this again, and again, and again, with every camera we pass, it soon becomes totally habitual and automatic.
Taking our eyes away from the road ahead, to look at the camera and then to our dashboards to check our speed, takes up precious time, as our eyes try to re-focus. For most people we typically check 3 times, which at 30mph can use up almost 100yds, where at no point has a driver considered or looked at the road ahead!
So our attention isn't a brief distraction, but for a whole section of road, where we are neither thinking about the road ahead nor observing, nor applying any consideration for immediate or developing hazards.
As we have said many times, speed cameras are a massive and dangerous distraction to drivers, and, a false road safety message. They must be removed from our roads so that we can start to re-apply sound science and engineering to improve our roads properly.
Sadly it is therefore no surprise to us to hear of another death, the 13th now, where Speed Cameras are to blame for another tragic fatality.

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