Sunday, April 26, 2009
Proposals to bring down speed limits in areas of Britain where there is a higher risk of accidents have been announced by the government.Are they or are they just a new way of nannying, combined with the eco-fascist agenda of doing absolutely anything to prevent people driving & almost anything to damage the economy. Cutting road speed that much in cities would certainly slow goods deliveries fairly proportionately that would put up costs of any delivered goods a bit in turn.
Reductions from 30mph to 20mph in urban locations and 60mph to 50mph in the countryside are being considered.
Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the way people learn to drive and are tested is also set for reform.
The plans are part of a new strategy to reduce road deaths in England, Scotland and Wales by one-third by 2020.
So lets look at the facts:
Road deaths in Britain - The total number of deaths in road accidents fell by 7 per cent to 2,946 in 2007 from 3,172 in 2006. However, the number of fatalities has remained fairly constant over the last ten years.
Death rate in Britain - 10.05 per 1,000 = 610,000
Which correlates to 0.52%.
In a week that that is the equivalent of 52 minutes. Don't have figures for it but I suspect the average person, even including retired, unemployed & pre-schoolers spend pretty much that length of time in transport every working day.
By that standard the roads are very much safer than most other places. The most dangerous place is the home which is why you should move in with your neighbours ;-)
If this was really in any way about saving lives government could do far better by fighting MRSA in hospitals or doing something about the 24,000 who die annually of fuel poverty because the same nannyists & "environmentalists" say we aren't allowed nuclear plants.
See this amusing letter for proof that the link between speed & accidents is being artificially linkedin government statistics.
Interstates are paid for by the Feds, and so for many years they had a maximum limit of 55 mph despite having been designed for 75 mph. Now that Congress has lifted that ban I-10 that runs from Phoenix to Tucson has a limit of 75 mph. A few months ago I drove from Mesa to Florence by way of I-10 and I had cars rocketing past me at well over 75mph, while I stayed in the slow lane going 60mph.
As a side note, all cars sold from about 1975 to 1995 have a double hash mark at 55 on their speedometer for the former national speed limit.
Second, how is Britain less free than the US? I don't believe it.
The Bill of Rights is only partially respected, since there are illegal limitations on every amendment.
Now that we have legislated the European evlaration of Human rights into law it may be better...Nonetheless that declarationn has more woffle & is less clearcut than your amendments.
I sincerely doubt it will be better over the long term since hard to decipher documents are meant to be interpreted by bureaucrats, not subjects.
I don't say it is a biggie, real freedom depends on people more than papers, but it is a difference.
And now you grasp why the
Left imports so many coloreds. They are easily manipulated and can be convinced that freedom is a plot by the man to hold the down, or they want to do things the way they were done in the shitholes they came from.
Also you can carry guns which I recognise as a guarantor of freedom even though I don't really like it.
Guns are only a partial shield to freedom, the militia is the real shield.