|London, 15 Jun 2001.
For immediate release.
Mark McArthur-Christie, Spokesman for the ABD:
"These figures are not surprising. Drivers are now told that sticking to a speed limit is all that matters. If safe driving was really this simple, we could give out licences on the back of cornflake packets and ditch the driving test."The ABD has called for a new approach to road safety, emphasising the need for better education and training for all road users. McArthur-Christie states
"If speed is the real villain, the millions of pounds spent on lower speed limits, traffic calming, hard-line enforcement and the 'Kill your Speed' campaign should have slashed accident rates; instead we've seen little change since 1992."
"We need to see a move towards educating and training drivers to observe and anticipate - that makes sure we stop accidents before they happen. We don't want to see drivers tearing around irresponsibly, but rather than fitting speed limiters to cars or lower limits on the roads, we need to look at what really causes accidents - inattention, lack of concentration and poor observation."For the future, the ABD wants to see balance return to the "3Es" of road safety: