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Pleasure principle


It is depressing that the ICE president is busy challenging a reasonable government policy rather than encouraging our profession to construct decent roads that are pleasurable and enjoyable to use (NCE 31 October).

How can speed cameras slow drivers down if they are not even visible? Surely hiding them is wrong unless the aim is to maximise revenue by ensuring that drivers keep speeding past them.

Secondly, it cannot be right to place cameras at locations that are not accident blackspots. If there are no accidents, why are the cameras required?

Time and time again, these irritating devices are sited on clear straight roads in the countryside with good visibility/overtaking opportunities, where the real problem is that the speed limit is unreasonably low.

Driving in this country can be frustrating enough as it is, and frustration contributes to accidents. Speed limits and controls should set and sited so that they are respected not begrudged.

William Mackinnon, 86 Redcliffe Gardens, London, SW10 9HH

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