Brian Hanson of the Architects & Engineers for Social Responsibility asks with disdain what measures the RAC has taken to educate its members and states that they should concentrate on rescuing stranded motorists (NCE last week).
Hanson is obviously unaware that the Highway Code was instigated by the RAC and not by government. It continues to try to influence the government wherever it feels it has a role to play.
He also states that studies show traffic calming schemes do reduce casualties, as do Nigel King and Derek Johnstone in the same issue. I suspect that while the figures may prove their point if we were to look at them in another way, the problem may simply have moved elsewhere.
Research from TRL shows that human error was the major cause in 95% of accidents and the police agree with this. I would suggest the only way to reduce accidents is to provide better instruction with ongoing testing and education throughout one's driving life.
Rather this than simply blame speed because it is easy attitude to take.
Clive Kennedy (F) acl88@dial. pipex. com