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Driven by responsibility


Simon Done's letter speaks volumes for the British attitude to road safety (NCE 12 Oct).

'Drivers do not want to drive tired, but few will stop'.

Tiredness has the same effect as alcohol - adversely affecting concentration and reaction times. How many drivers take this risk without a thought for the people around them who have to bear an equal or higher share of that risk?

Motorway accidents are the tip of the iceberg. Most deaths occur on the crowded roads of our towns and suburbs. Here the significance of fatigue is masked by other factors.

The Government's proposed educational campaign at least addresses the root of the problem - attitudes to safety.

Driving carries with it great responsibilities for the safety of everyone around us. It is the only activity that most of us will ever take part in that could lead directly to the death of a fellow human. It is up to individuals to decide whether or not they are in a fit condition to drive.

Alasdair Massie

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