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But this Treadaway Hill road is safe
10:40am Saturday 30th June 2012 in Your Letters
RE: ‘Let’s see more speed cameras here’ – BFP, June 15 in relation to Treadaway Hill.
I WAS not going to reply to IVOR – “Internet man of mystery”, but decided to change my mind because of the very large number of errors.
We will start with “the speed limit is there for a reason… ”
The 30mph speed limit was introduced in 1934. Since then roads, tyres, brakes, car design, and car reliability has improved substantially. Not forgetting also drivers have been trained and passed a test for their licence.
I am very concerned that Ivor “religiously keeps to the speed limit”. I would think this would be an inappropriate thing to do in a cul-de-sac or even more importantly in front of a school when children are egressing.
As the tenor of Ivor’s article is about speed let me just make a comment about the other mantra often trotted out: “Speed kills”. Speed does not kill. The rate of change of speed (commonly known as collision or impact) may kill if the energy dissipated is above a certain level. Writing this e-mail I am travelling at an approximate speed of 67,000mph. (orbital speed of the earth). This is not a problem. Colliding with an asteroid will present some difficulties.
Finally if speeding is reckless then the police should prosecute for reckless driving. Driving is management of risk, and the vast majority of people are very good at it and drive appropriately. My concern is that this section of road is being seen as an accident blackspot where it clearly is one of the safest road sections in the county.
Alec Barron, Highlands Flackwell Heath
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