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A right to road safety

Referring to your Comment (NCE 21 March), I too am against the killing of foxes but, like you, feel a lot more concerned about the killing of children by traffic.

As a former construction engineer used to working with construction plant and familiar with the regulations which control their use, I am amazed motor vehicles are allowed in the same 'workspace' as pedestrians and cyclists with only the minimum of regulation.

When a vehicle and a pedestrian or cyclist collides, the latter suffers serious injury or death and the event is typically described as an unfortunate accident. On the construction site, plant is recognised as dangerous, use strictly regulated, owners made accountable and accidents rarely considered unfortunate.

Maybe the Human Rights Act is the best way to pressure government to tighten up laws.

People, especially vulnerable children, have the right to a safe environment. Present legislation governing the use of motorised vehicles puts people at risk. Motorised vehicles must be recognised as dangerous and the owners made accountable for damage caused by them.

Jim Towers (M), transport planning officer, Stirling.

towersj@stirling. gov. uk

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