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On the RAC


I read Clive Kennedy's reply to Brian Hanson's view that the RAC should concentrate on rescuing stranded motorists (NCE 28 June).

I am sure Hanson can show that traffic calming reduces accidents, but can Kennedy prove his assertion that the problems move elsewhere?

Professionals in the field refer to factors, not causes.

Accidents are, by nature, random chance events and result from the coming together of a number of factors. To isolate any one factor as a cause does not help prevent future accidents - the idea is to find common factors and to break the chain.

Factors which could influence the outcome include the road being wet, the driver's age, the condition of the car's tyres and whether the car had ABS. Speed, although important, is not the only factor in the real world.

To state that the only way to reduce road accidents is by education is to ignore the work of police in enforcement and that of engineers in changing the environment. The job of preventing accidents, road or otherwise, is for all of us and to concentrate on only one aspect - be it speed or education - is counter productive.

Richard Todd, (M) richtea@unisonfree. net

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