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Speed is the killer

I refer to Paul McCormick's letter (NCE 28 January) on total accident costs.

Road accidents are costed at £13bn a year in financial terms, but that does not account for the personal suffering of the relatives of the 4000 who are killed on the roads each year and of the many more who are injured.

Junction design is only a minor factor in relation to these costs. Speed is the killer. As a professional body, we should be campaigning for and designing for lower traffic speeds. Strict enforcement of the current speed limits would be a very good start.

A letter from a Newbury police officer criticising the junction design has sparked a civil engineering debate about junction design. It would be nice if the roles had been reversed and a Newbury civil engineer had started a debate on speed reduction.

Gordon Maclay (G), St Peters Cottage, Rooms Lane, Morley, LS27 9PA

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