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Road safety week - 6th-11th November 2006

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Hello all,

Yep, I've been a little absent on moblog since getting the new job, but I wanted to raise this one as it's been a campaign close to my heart for a while.

As most of you probably know I've campaigned pretty strongly against taking photos whilst driving on this site, and it's for good reason. A few years back one of the men I had the greatest professional respect for died in a car crash, and I miss him a lot. I never got to meet my Uncle Michael, who died in a car crash shortly before his wedding. I'd have liked to do that.

Every day, nine people are killed and ten times as many are seriously injured on UK roads.

I apologise to those I have been overbearing to on this subject in the past, but hope you understand I find it unbearable to think that people cared for so much can be taken so abruptly.

So, drivers, please this week have a look at http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
No matter how you feel about it, someone who cares greatly for you won't have to suffer a loss.

Sean x

goode says:

well said sean...

6th Nov 2006, 16:22

hildegard says:

Fair play Seanee. I've never owned a car but I've been hit by one & didn't like it one little bit.
I tend to agree with the American safety expert who said that road deaths could be significantly reduced by replacing the driver's airbag with a large spike.

6th Nov 2006, 16:28

Ruthie says:

Hildegard, my Dad's been saying that for years. I had to write an essay on this at uni. The safer they make cars, the more dangerous the roads are as when we feel safe we take risks (not rocket science!) so I say yay to the big spike.

Now, as for road safety, can we make cyclists have non flashing lights so I don't nearly hit them. Can't see where the little buggers are!

6th Nov 2006, 16:31

well said sean. a thoroughly decent campaign that no right thinking person could disagree with.

good to hear from you by the way!

6th Nov 2006, 17:11

Ruthie i agree with the flashing light thing! why do they think it means you can see them more. 50% of the time its off so you dont know where they are i dont like flashy lights on bikes!
i dont drive never have but i still hate flashy light son bikes!
and this is a good cause sean!

6th Nov 2006, 17:14

MaggieD says:

Totally agree, Sean ... well said ....

6th Nov 2006, 17:17

Ruthie says:

They used to be illegal without a static one but sadly no more! I think they are supposed to be more visible cos they flash so get your attention but at the expense of any distance perception!

6th Nov 2006, 18:34

Spiderbaby says:

In some ways it's a shame not all cyclists also drive, then they might realise just how hard to see they can be sometimes. Although I used to go out cycling lit up like a Christmas tree and still some drivers would nearly knock me off (usually passing too close/fast).

6th Nov 2006, 18:57

540air says:

Sean - Now I see why you've taken such a strong stand and it makes much more sense. I lost my best friend in a car crash some years back and there are many days where I wonder whether I coud have done something which would have prevented him from being on the road at that time.
Knowing now of your loss, I think it's fair to say that you've not really been overbearing, more thoughtful of others.
Hats off to you dude :)

6th Nov 2006, 23:43

FilbertFox says:

well said sean et al.

i hate seeing people using phones whilst driving. I also love speed cameras - if you dont want to pay dont break the law, and i am in favour of zero tolerance when it comes to drink/drug driving as well.

And as for the spike on the steering wheel, not necessary for my car, i drive an old mini, if i hit someone my car would crumple.

8th Nov 2006, 20:43