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Car nation

LETTERS

Brian Hanson (NCE 21 June ) refers to 6,000 fatal or serious casualties each year on London's roads - more than half of whom are pedestrians.

The absolute responsibility of those in charge of motor vehicles to conduct themselves in as safe a manner as possible cannot be overstated. However, this ongoing debate appears to give little or no recognition to the fact that pedestrian education is practically nonexistent in this country.

Government sponsored childoriented schemes have been abandoned. Even the basic exhortation to 'Look right, look left, and look right again', has fallen by the wayside.

The reckless attitude of a significant proportion of pedestrians is, as a result, almost to be expected. Who has not witnessed the spectacle of parents dragging or pushing their children across busy urban junctions despite signals to the contrary?

Governmen policy is to encourage less car use. For this to happen, parents must feel secure in allowing their children to walk across roads rather than being driven to school. An education system is vital to instil responsibility in all road users, be they on foot or on wheels.

Roger Blassberg (M), 2, Woodstock Road North, St Albans AL1 4QQ

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