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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 01:07 
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Despite the work of the Cumbria "Safety" Camera Partnership in the region, there appears to be a move towards a better attempt at safety.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/5115116.stm
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Apprentices get road safety tips
Dozens of young apprentices from across West Cumbria are to learn about the devastation of road accidents.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is holding a day of road safety training at the Sellafield Apprentice Centre on Monday for the 17 to 19 year olds.

They will be shown hard-hitting films on dangerous driving and meet the victim of a road traffic smash.

Figures show that a 17-year-old male driver is seven times more likely to have an accident than other age groups.

David Tattersal, 20, will give a talk during the session on his experience of being seriously injured in a car accident, the trauma to his family and his on-going recovery.

The fire service's group manager Dave Edgar, said: "This is an age group which, because of their driving inexperience and ability to buy sportier cars, are thought to be at increased risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road accident."

Should we take it from this intervention from the Fire Service, that the CSCP efforts are too little, or ineffective?
The route through Ings, which was always held by Steve Callaghan to have had enough serious accidents to warrant SPEED cameras, according to official statistics, only 3% of accidents between the whole of the A591 between Kendal and Windermere, were caused by speed in excess of the posted limit.
So if the cameras were to STOP every single speeding motorist, (instead of just allowing them to continue unchecked, and issuing a FPN later in the week), the best they could hope for would be a 3% reduction in the number of accidents along the road!
No wonder the Fire Service feel the need to do something positive about road accidents. :shock:

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Hampshire fire and rescue tried to set up a motorcycle youth club to tackle the number of mopeds and motos being driven round a southampton estate after two lads killed themselves.

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It's an excellent idea....

...but just you watch Steve C and his henchmen try to take the credit for ANY reduction that Cumbria might see!

There are plenty of nutters at Sellafield - I've met many of them on the Cold Fell road coming the opposite way! I believe there is also a similar show put on at the West Lakes College in Lillyhall. Same sort of thing. Lots of "yoofs" to target. Many of them tend to be the ones you see with their baseball caps on the wrong way round sat half a dozen in a Maxxed-out Corsa overtaking on blind bends and crests on single carriageway NSL roads. To my mind, if CSCP spent some of their profits (opps, sorry, "operating surplus" :wink: ) educating this group, they might actually see some results! I don't approve of the way they get their money but now they've got it, they ought to use it to fund useful stuff like this!

The other week, a young lad killed himself on the road to Allonby. Its a single carriageway NSL. He "fell off" on a bend and of course, there has been the usual rash of demands for a lower speed limit along there. These people all seem to have forgotten that he was doing over 80 anyway!


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