Category Archives: Road Safety

20mph zones

Can THEY EVER REALLY WORK?

20ishGood drivers don’t need them, bad drivers will always ignore them. 20mph zones are appearing everywhere these days, and no-one would deny speed reduction is advantageous in many locations, but what should be done about drivers who won’t adhere to the limit? Prosecute, I hear many shout, and yes, that would have the desired effect.

Well, not in all areas. In over a year Lancashire police have not prosecuted a single driver for speeding in 20mph zones. So either all Lancashire drivers stick to speed limits or… ??

When questioned on this point the PCC gave this response… 20mph speed zones

Good enough, would you say?

Not for me!

Advertisements

Why do cars…

…OFTEN REFLECT THE DRIVERS PERSONALITY

Cars reflect drivers personalityNot true in every case, though there’s a strong argument to support the theory. Butched-up pickups driven by guys who can’t be bothered with seatbelts, who’re on the phone as they drive, and who think speed limits are for everyone else. Expensive 4×4’s (the Chelsea tractor), designed for off-road terrain, yet driven by a female accompanied by 2 kids on the school run, the aim of which is to “be protected” from every other road user. Then there’s the boy racer, been driving 5 minutes yet knows it all, car trimmed with every conceivable gadget designed to make the motor sound faster than an F1. There’re many other examples, and I haven’t even touched on white van man!

It’s also true that many traits crossover between drivers.

When we get into our cars it’s as though we put on a cloak of invincibility. We become the best driver around, and all the problems are down to other “idiots”. Heaven forbid anyone less able than ourselves should be on OUR road when we are using it. Here comes road-rage!

Vanity – Image… Come on people, grow up!!

Some might say “why aren’t police tackling these problems?” Cuts, in funding from government, but that’s a different issue (too big to deal with here).

Why can’t we police ourselves? Whatever happened to courtesy? It’s simple enough; traffic laws are there for everyone’s benefit, and apply to everyone! Ignoring them isn’t clever, that just makes you one of those idiots you so vehemently despise.

If everyone drove as though they were carrying their most precious cargo, every journey, roads would not only be safer but a lot less stressful too.

Drive-2-Arrive

It’s Official, you can!

PARKING IS ALLOWED

Parking OKLearner drivers are always taught to obey parking laws and in particular not to park where it may cause obstruction. The Highway Code has many examples, and states “Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs”. So, don’t do it.

Unless you happen to be in Lancashire.

According to Lancashire Police, through the Police & Crime Commissioners office, they say “as a general rule officers of Lancashire Constabulary do not enforce parking on the pavement unless the vehicle is blocking the pavement completely and a wheelchair/pushchair user would not be able to get past”.

So, Lancashire folk, as long as you leave the merest gap for people to squeeze past you can park as much on footpaths as you like. The Police won’t bother you!

I wonder just how many other things they’re turning a blind eye to?

Update 07/10/15Another thing they turn a blind eye to, though they describe it differently, is speeding in 20mph zones. In over a year they have prosecuted nobody! They blame this on budget cuts, saying they prefer to educate drivers. How? By sending them letters telling them they’ve been seen speeding. Judge for yourself the effectiveness of that.