Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dangers of Road 'Safety'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dangers of Road 'Safety'

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BECAUSE it's been reported that Bath council are planning to scrap 20mph speed limits, Paul Moody reasons that it's unfortunate Manchester introduced them before any real effectiveness was considered ('More risk on 20mph roads,' Viewpoints, January 6).

Couldn't his logic apply to the likes of the Trafford Centre and online shopping? Ahead of their creation, did anyone think to create a proper network of roads/ footpaths to cope with increased traffic? Indeed, hasn't pretty much all of Britain's so-called progress been a case of putting the 'cart before the horse', or not looking before leaping? In reasoning that, 'a significant rise in fatal injuries' is because pedestrians 'assume it's safer and therefore take greater subconscious risks', the other side of the coin is: Because drivers have a whole raft of safety measures to stop them being killed, they also take greater risks? …

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