Surl gives a surprising response on speed
✒ MARTIN Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, expresses a very surprising response to the dangerous practice of tailgating (Echo, May 9): “I should confess I am coming around to the view that it is time to think about raising the limit on motorways to 80 mph.”
Does he think that the tailgater who intimidated him by his dangerous driving will moderate his behaviour if the speed limit is raised?
Such a driver probably regards the 70 mph limit as a guide for his target minimum speed and would view an 80 mph limit in the same way.
Mr Surl should consult the road safety charity BRAKE on this issue. There is no way that such a charity would support raising the motorway speed limit to 80 mph.
Happily one seldom encounters any longer the fake claim that speed is not a major factor in most “accidents”.
But I fear that this belief is still lurking amongst tailgaters and speeding knights of the road. They should consult their copies of the highway code about braking distances and research the data on survival rates in collisions
up to 80mph. Perhaps Mr Surl might also like to do some research along these lines.
There are tested means of automatically preventing vehicles from exceeding speed limits and the EU is coordinating action on this, with the ultimate aim of making it a tamper-proof safety feature of all new cars.
If ever this is allowed to happen, we would not need to employ the expensive speed awareness courses, of which Mr Surl is so proud (20,094 drivers having gone through this process locally in the last year) - they and their vehicles would have automatically become speed-aware and speed-limit-compliant. What does Mr Surl think of this prospect?
David Slinger Highnam