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We must say no to the ‘body-count’ approach to road safety

17 January, 2020

• THROUGHOUT the country, councils dismiss as “not enough accidents” when refusing pedestrians and cyclists who have requested new crossing points and traffic islands.

These same councils traditionally see their responsibilities as being to keep motorised traffic moving. However all this now seems anti-social, even cruel, for people these days are living much longer, the disabled are increasingly vociferous about their rights, and children too need to be able to walk or ride to and from school in safety.

Councils have continued to allow more and more vehicles onto their roads and to facilitate their usage and speediness. Yet we now know that traffic pollution is seriously affecting everyone’s health, including the welfare of unborn children.

It is therefore disgraceful that a given number of pedestrians or cyclists must be killed or injured before traffic-calming measures can be legally installed. This “body-count” approach to road safety ought nowadays to be regarded as both unacceptable and outmoded.

ANTONY PORTER, W9

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