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The Highway Code – in 100 words

by Adrian Hearn

A motoring lobby has reacted to the latest 133 page Highway Code by issuing its own version – in just 100 words.

Safe Speed says you cannot replace skilled human judgement with a rule book – however big it is.

As a result, Safe Speed’s Highway Code covers just six key common sense points in exactly 100 words.

They are:
Drive on the left. Make sure you can see and be seen. Keep a constant look out all around. Be aware of signs and regulations and why they are there. Be predictable.
Recognise and anticipate danger and keep clear space from it. Always ensure that you can stop within the distance that you know is clear. Develop your skills.
Give courtesy, co-operation and space to others. Don't obstruct them.
Never take risks, drive unfit or compete with others.
Safety is paramount and far more important than priority. Take personal responsibility for your safety and the safety of those nearby.

Safe Speed founder Paul Smith said: “We’re not seriously suggesting the official Highway Code should be replaced with just 100 words of advice to drivers, but the reason we have done this is deadly serious.

“We need to point out to Department for Transport that they have lost sight of the essential foundations of road safety, and their new Highway Code loses sight of these foundations in a morass of rules.

Paul Smith
Our scrap speed cameras petition got over 28,000 sigs
The Safe Speed campaign demands a return to intelligent road safety

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