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Various letters and articles in the North Wales Daily Post forced me to write to Mr Brunstrom again...
Will we ever get a worthwhile answer?

 
Introduction

Our letter above appeared in the Daily Post on 7th August 2003. We wrote to Mr Brunstrom in case he had missed the final vital question.

 
8th August 2003
Mr Richard Brunstrom        
Chief Constable’s Office
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW
 

Dear Mr Brunstrom,

You still have not replied to my letter of 30th May 2003.

You may have seen my letter in the North Wales Daily Post yesterday, where the final paragraph asks you a question. The question is:

What percentage of road accidents are caused by speeding?
I expect you to provide an accurate answer to that exact question, with proper references to back it up.

Since you are personally responsible for a road safety policy based on speed enforcement, I think it will reflect extremely badly on you if you do not provide a plain and verifiable answer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
 
 

Paul Smith

CC: The Daily Post
Mr King – NWPA
Martyn Jones MP

On the 14th August, another of our letters was printed in the Daily Post (click here). We wrote to Mr Brunstrom again.

 

15th August 2003
Mr Richard Brunstrom        
Chief Constable’s Office
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW
 

Dear Mr Brunstrom,

Overall road safety results 2003 to end June

You still have not replied to my letters of 30th May 2003 and 8th August 2003.

You may have seen my letter in the North Wales Daily Post yesterday, where the final paragraph asks you a question. The question is:

What are the figures for the first six months of 2003?
I expect you to provide the figures for fatal and serious casualties on all North Wales roads for the period 1.1.2003 until 30.6.2003.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 

Paul Smith

CC: The Daily Post
Cllr M King – North Wales Police Authority
Martyn Jones MP

 
 
5th September 2003
Mr Richard Brunstrom       
Chief Constable’s Office
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW
 

Dear Mr Brunstrom,

I have received a letter dated 2nd September 2003 from Sergeant Alan Jones.

Contrary to Sergeant Jones’ suggestion, I have no desire whatsoever to enter into “prolonged correspondence”. All I seek are simple, straightforward answers to simple straightforward questions.

If you don’t have answers, then please have the decency and the common courtesy to say so.

These questions are central to your roads policing policy and the public deserves proper answers.

I repeat the collection of outstanding questions here:

What evidence do you have that these speed cameras (and the policies which support them) even might save lives? Any real evidence at all would be welcome. (Originally asked: 6th May)
What percentage of road accidents are caused by speeding? (originally asked 7th August in the North Wales Daily Post and 8th August by letter)

What are the figures for the first six months of 2003? (I expect you to provide the figures for fatal and serious casualties on all North Wales roads for the period 1.1.2003 until 30.6.2003.) (Originally asked 14th August in the North Wales Daily Post and 15th August by letter)

The North Wales Daily Post has subsequently published some accident (not casualty) data for the first six months of 2003 and for previous years. From a simple doubling of the 2003 data published it appears that fatal road accidents are up 17% and “KSI” accidents are up 6%. Obviously this leads me to two important new questions:
1) What proportion of a whole year’s KSI accidents have been in the first six months of recent years in North Wales? We need this figure to better estimate the first six month’s road safety performance in the context of previous years. Better yet would be casualty figures by month for the past 7 years. I do not mind doing the analysis.

2) How do you explain the (apparently) significant increase in serious accidents despite massively increased speed enforcement on North Wales Roads?

Sergeant Jones offers me the chance to discuss “statistical findings” with “the professor who carried out the research” – I am delighted to accept this offer, thank you. Please put me in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 
 

Paul Smith

CC: The Daily Post
Cllr M King – North Wales Police Authority
http://www.safespeed.org.uk/brunstrom3.html
Martyn Jones MP

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