'Reassessment' of statistics claims Summer Time would save 160 lives
But how many more road safety 'easy wins' are hidden behind 'speed
A new and influential analysis of road casualty statistics claims that
abandoning the October clock change, resulting in lighter evenings and
darker mornings, would save 160 lives, including a whole class full of
child pedestrians every year. Government safety advisor Robert Gifford
said on the Today
programme this morning that he was "absolutely
convinced" by this report.
An ABD spokesman said: "If this is so, why has this analysis not been
done before? Permanent summer time was abandoned in the 1970s,
partially because road deaths supposedly increased, but now we have a
full scientific study that says the opposite. Perhaps the focus on
speed kills, which is based on simplistic, unscientific, knee jerk
prejudice rather than on a proper assessment of accident causation,
has prevented this research from being done earlier."
If the government and their advisors are prepared to take a fresh, if belated, look at the statistics and change their view so drastically on the subject of British Summer Time, they should certainly do so in other areas. The ABD would urge them most strongly to:
- Consider other areas where road safety could easily be improved but which they have sadly neglected - for example, statistics suggest that
women are twice as likely to be involved in an accident at junctions,
whereas men are twice as likely to have one overtaking. Why? If each
sex could be made as good as the other in these areas, the reduction
in these very common accidents would be enormous. Yet there are no
government campaigns highlighting how overtaking and junction
accidents happen and how to avoid them.
- Reassess the facts behind the anti speed agenda. Here's a starter.
There are 18,000 child pedestrian injuries a year in urban areas.
That's fact. There are around 100 urban child pedestrian deaths plus
about 35 on the open road. That's fact, too. The TRL say that 5% of
children will still die in 20mph collisions, with 50% at 30mph and 90%
at 40mph. Let's take their word for it. If a third of these 18,000
urban child pedestrian injuries were really caused by speeding
(government assertion), we would have thousands of deaths, not 100.
SO VERY FEW CAN POSSIBLY BE CAUSED BY SPEEDING AND MOST MUST THEREFORE BE
CAUSED BY SOMETHING ELSE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS FAILING TO ADDRESS
They seem now to be saying that a whole class - let us say a fifth of
these deaths - could be saved by not changing the clocks. Why? Because
careless, tired children step into the road and drivers do not see
them. Whether or not this is related to BST, they have certainly hit
the nail on the head. Even the accident the DETR deceitfully used to
front the Kill Your Speed campaign was not caused by speeding but by
the driver failing to see the child - in that case disgracefully in
broad daylight on a pedestrian crossing.
How long are we going to tolerate a Government 'safety' policy that
simply uses the tragic and avoidable deaths of children as an excuse
for criminalising safe drivers?
IF YOU VALUE LIFE OR LIBERTY, TELL THE PUBLIC THE TRUTH