Safe Speed visitor Lloyd Carter provided the following information. Thanks Lloyd.
|Here an analysis of one carried
out by the Kent and Medway SCP. It was submitted it as a challenge to their
"Communications Officer" and her response is recorded at the end:
There are two areas I wish to focus on, namely the so-called survey carried out on behalf of the “partnership” you represent and also several statements you make on the FAQs page. The latter I will deal with in a separate email which you will receive shortly.
The whole manner in which your survey has been carried out is blatantly biased and the questions are too high level to obtain any meaningful results. With the exception of no. 3, the questions are all loaded in favour of the cameras. You hardly need a degree in psychology to spot this old trick.
One thousand people were interviewed for this survey. Whilst I appreciate you cannot consult every resident in Kent, 1000 people out of a population of 1.6 million is not exactly representative, notwithstanding the survey's biased questioning.
Now let's deal with each question one by
1) Fewer accidents are likely to happen where cameras are installedYou say on http://www.kentandmedwaysafetycameras.org.uk/psnews03_survey.html “Survey confirms public support for safety cameras and speed reduction. People of Kent and Medway are squarely behind the use of safety cameras across the county and believe that even more should be done to reduce speed, according to the results of a new survey conducted across the region.”
Where on earth does this survey confirm public support for speed reduction?
The point is that if you are being open and honest with the public as you claim you are being on your web site, why are you employing a fundamentally dishonest method of surveying and deriving wild assumptions from the results?"
The Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership commissioned this research in order to gain an insight into public perceptions and public attitudes towards safety cameras across the county of Kent. Regular surveys are mandatory and are requested of all such Safety Camera Partnerships across the UK. The Department for Transport (DfT) requires us to include the seven statements you have questioned in each survey we conduct. If you have any concerns about these statements, I suggest you contact the DfT direct using the following email address: email@example.com.
|Safe Speed concludes
After many millions of pounds of public money have been spent on selling the false "speed kills" message to the public, it's hardly surprising that a significant proportion of the public believe it. Not very many years ago, we could trust the government to tell us the truth about matter of public interest. The idea of the government twisting the truth about road safety would have been absurd. But here we are in 2003 and the government has succeeded in deluding a significant proportion of the public with their lies and spin. Imagine the situation of a non driver. They have no reason to know what factors actually makes the roads safe. The government tells them that "speeding drivers are killing a thousand people a year" and it's not really surprising that a significant proportion of the non driving population falls for it hook line and sinker.
But they now have to work really hard to try to maintain the illusion. The truth is increasingly told by the newspapers and other interest groups and the government lies are beginning to be widely exposed.
If there's one thing that these survey questions demonstrate with absolute clarity, it's that the government is not interested in the genuine opinions of the public - they are once again rigging the evidence. This is just one more reason to doubt everything they say on the subject of speed and accidents, because they clearly have a hidden agenda.
Calling for real road safety, based on truth
Created 14/08/2003. Last update 14/08/2003