Idris Francis and the Association of British Drivers (ABD) arranged a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool on 8th October 2003. Paul Smith of Safe Speed attended and gave a presentation which ran for about an hour. You can read and download Safespeed materials presented at the meeting from this page. Close to 100 people attended. The presentation was very well received by the audience. An attendee had this to say in an email after the presentation:
"I had not truly previously been convinced of the sheer scale of the disaster these things are causing, the deaths and mayhem and ruined lives, the criminality of the innocent driver, and most importantly the fact that people's way of thinking while driving has changed from safety as avoiding damage to people and vehicles to safety from litigation, fines and points on licences."
Much of the presentation drew on information carried on this web site. For further information refer to the following pages:
Fatality Rate Trends
And of course, see throughout the web site
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Road Safety Key Facts
The UK roads are more or less the safest in the world
The UK roads became the safest in the world long before we had any speed cameras.
Faster roads are safer. Our motorways are both the fastest and the safest roads. Town roads are both the slowest and the most dangerous.
Since 1998, speed camera fines have quadrupled, but there has been no change in road deaths.
Around 3 to 7% of UK road accidents genuinely have “excessive speed” as a cause or contributory factor. A large and unknown proportion of these excessive speed accidents involve driving too fast for the prevailing conditions but do not involve exceeding a speed limit.
Many appalling high-speed crashes are caused by escaping criminals, drunks, joyriders, unlicenced or unregistered drivers and even Police drivers, but none of these groups will respond to speed enforcement.
There is no international correlation between national roads fatality rate and speed enforcement policy for different countries, except that those countries with the most aggressive speed enforcement policies have all lost the downwards trend in their fatal accident rate.
It isn't true that a “1 mph reduction in average speed will lead to a 5% reduction in accidents”
|"Introducing Safe Speed"
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You can't measure safe driving in miles per hour
Created 6/10/2003. Last update 10/10/2003