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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:04 
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Any second now on graduated speeding penalties.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:41 
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To quote from memory…

James May (Top Gear) “That guy from SafeSpeed is the only one talking any sense”

And a caller, referring to Paul “What a fantastic guy (he would be) to have in Government”

If only!

Well done, Paul. I’m proud to be associated with SafeSpeed.

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You made me late for work!!!!

Brilliant.

Good on James May too!

I take it you're going to try and follow up on is supportive words with a direct approach?.....I can see you as a 'star in a reasonably priced car'


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You made me late for work!!!!

Brilliant.

Good on James May too!

I take it you're going to try and follow up on is supportive words with a direct approach?.....I can see you as a 'star in a reasonably priced car'


Agree. Get your butt on Top Gear at the earliest opportunity.

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You did as well as you could in the time you were given, Paul. Problem is that the 'safe speed' message will always struggle to be heard in the sound bite battle for public acceptance. 'Speed kills' (etc) is easy to agree with - it's plausible and (superficially) a truism. On the other hand, the conclusion that it is only "inappropriate speed" (below or above the speed limit) that contributes to crashes and that inappropriate speed is (almost invariably) no more than a symptom of a failure of observation, hazard perception or attitude, can only be drawn by following a reasonably sophisticated and rigorous path of critical reasoning. Unfortunately, a substantial proportion (perhaps a substantial majority) of the population simply can't (or can't be bothered to) do that. So the sound bite wins. A depressing but inescapable fact.


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You did as well as you could in the time you were given, Paul. Problem is that the 'safe speed' message will always struggle to be heard in the sound bite battle for public acceptance. 'Speed kills' (etc) is easy to agree with - it's plausible and (superficially) a truism. On the other hand, the conclusion that it is only "inappropriate speed" (below or above the speed limit) that contributes to crashes and that inappropriate speed is (almost invariably) no more than a symptom of a failure of observation, hazard perception or attitude, can only be drawn by following a reasonably sophisticated and rigorous path of critical reasoning. Unfortunately, a substantial proportion (perhaps a substantial majority) of the population simply can't (or can't be bothered to) do that. So the sound bite wins. A depressing but inescapable fact.


Don't worry so much. We can 'soundbite' too, and very effectively...

- Policy isn't working
- The speed limit doesn't tell us what 'too fast' is

And so on.

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Observer wrote:
You did as well as you could in the time you were given, Paul. Problem is that the 'safe speed' message will always struggle to be heard in the sound bite battle for public acceptance. 'Speed kills' (etc) is easy to agree with - it's plausible and (superficially) a truism. On the other hand, the conclusion that it is only "inappropriate speed" (below or above the speed limit) that contributes to crashes and that inappropriate speed is (almost invariably) no more than a symptom of a failure of observation, hazard perception or attitude, can only be drawn by following a reasonably sophisticated and rigorous path of critical reasoning. Unfortunately, a substantial proportion (perhaps a substantial majority) of the population simply can't (or can't be bothered to) do that. So the sound bite wins. A depressing but inescapable fact.


Allied to the fact there is a huge amount of propaganda working against reasoning and the ability to debate!

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Listen again for a week at;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.sht ... orning_fri

Victoria Derbyshire (3 hr), Broadcast on Five Live Fri 09 Nov - 09:00

News, interviews, chat and opinion. Including the Five Live phone-in from 9.00am.

Paul starts 21 minutes into the programme
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