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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 23:16 
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They have hi-jacked a previous quote on the 20mph reduction.
Motoring crime is still not taboo. Thanks for nothing Tufty
by Susan Flockhart

They obviously do not agree with the Safe Speed viewpoints - I wonder why didn't want to call and ask for a direct quote!
They have not understood how the dummy tests at various speeds, do not take into consideration, the driver's 'reactions' to potential hazards.
see here.
The figures do not support the reality if it were as simple as someone being 'hit' (without reaction) at a set speed, real world events are more involved than this.
We never expect our neighbour to operate on us, why should we expect them to understand Road Safety? Susan?
To encourage Road Safety by Media opinion is very worrying.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 13:55 

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And those children who learned from the "Tufti" Club approach became today's safe drivers because it instilled into them crash avoidance rather than blind obedience.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 20:19 
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This article really wound me up.
It sums up everything thing wrong with the current road safety agenda.
This sort of rubbish plays a very dangerous game with statistics, and journalists who have probably only have GSCEs in maths and science only compound the situation.
Just because they can identify that one number is bigger than the other, which is almost defiantly the limit of her mathematical ability she climbs on her high horse.

“a child hit at 40mph has a 90% chance of dying compared with just 3% at 20mph. What part of that statistic do people not understand?”

Does she not understand the whole point of road safety should be tiring to reduce the number collisions? Does she not understand people crashing into people at any speed is not a good thing. Does she not see that for every 100 collisions at 20mph 3 children statistically speaking will die? (1000 goes to 30 10000 – 300 etc etc). Which I believe is scary, however Susan seems to believe this is a good thing! We need to aim to reduce collisions, not just accept them.

Then this.

“I'd say Tufty and his pals have a lot to answer for. There's nothing wrong with road safety education, of course, but the problem is that by placing the emphasis on teaching them how to stay out of harm's way, these campaigns signalled that responsibility for keeping children safe lay with the children themselves, rather than the adults who designed the streets and drove the cars.”

!!!!! Surly the responsibility for road safety is the responsibility of every on using the road!!! Children need to know roads are dangerous and need to know how to stay out of harms way, drivers can’t see everything.

Sorry long post..

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