DONíT GET ME STARTED!
This is a subject close to every road users heart one way of another!
I have used the same stretch of road daily for the last 26 years; & it used to have a national speed limit & never saw an accident even though at 70MPH I was passed sometimes as if I was standing still.
A few years a go they reduced the speed to 50MPH and popped in half a dozen cameras in each direction just to make this road safe!
There is now not a single week go by without an accident on this road, every day I see the same problem, people are concentrating on their Speedoís as the approach a camera rather than looking at what is going on in front of them. Traffic is flowing at 45MPH everyone is checking & double-checking their speed, when NOB-HEAD at the front on his mobile notices the markings in the road.
WHATíS THE FIRST THING HO DOES?
He hits the breaks because he doesnít want to collect a few more points, then he looks at his speedo.
Meanwhile behind him everyone is still concentrating more on their speedo rather than whatís going on around them. Next thing they know is they are about to hit the back of the car in front & by time you get a dozen cars back they have come to a complete standstill or worse still someone has run into the back of another.
WITHOUT A DOUBT these safety cameras (as they like to be known as now) have SIGNIFICANTLY increased the number of accidents on this road, OK the drivers are following each other too close but cameras canít spot this bad driving practice, or the chav in his XR-GO-FASTER weaving in & out of the traffic them slamming on his breaks just before the speed cameras.
What is needed is more police on the road to warn people of bad driving practices & to get the dangerous drivers off the road.
And before you ask, no I havenít been caught by these cameras YET