received a letter dated 2nd September 2003 from Sergeant Alan Jones.
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.
you don’t have answers, then please have the decency and the common courtesy
to say so.
questions are central to your roads policing policy and the public deserves
the collection of outstanding questions here:
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)
percentage of road accidents are caused by speeding? (originally asked
7th August in the North Wales Daily Post and 8th August by letter)
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:
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)
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.
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.
How do you explain the (apparently) significant increase in serious accidents
despite massively increased speed enforcement on North Wales Roads?
forward to hearing from you.
The Daily Post
M King – North Wales Police Authority