London, 31 Aug 2003.
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Press Release

ABD Welcomes Realism From ‘Roadpeace’
and Calls for a New Direction in Road Safety
The Association of British Drivers has made a prompt response to a quote from safety charity ‘Roadpeace’ in which their spokesman said of the number of people being killed on British roads "It's not getting any better"
ABD road safety spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie said:
"It has become more and more apparent over the last ten years that road deaths have stopped falling, and more recently they have even started to rise again. This after decades of consistent falls in the numbers prior to the proliferation of speed cameras"
He continued
"What is encouraging is that, finally, an organisation like Roadpeace, that has been very close to the official position on road safety, is prepared to openly admit the truth. That truth is in stark contrast to the endless barrage of glib reassurances from the "Safety" camera partnerships, who constantly make wild claims that their cameras have reduced casualties by up to 70%."
"The truth is that speed cameras just do not save lives. They do, of course, create revenue streams for the Police and Local Councils who form the money-spinning "Road Safety Partnerships", and they do make the ignorant and the hypocritical feel a certain smugness that "something is being done" about road deaths."
"There are many organisations, like the ABD and Safespeed, which have carried out in-depth studies of the reality of accident prevention. We are not motivated by political ambition or by political correctness, but our views and arguments have been ignored by government advisers for too long."
"We offer real, practical solutions to the problem centred around better road engineering, better driver training and realistic speed limits enforced sensibly by fully trained traffic officers. All these areas have been neglected or distorted by the obsession with reducing speeds - and that's why deaths have been increasing even though cars are much safer to crash in than they were ten years ago."
ABD Chairman, Brian Gregory, said
"We are finally seeing an acknowledgement of that which we have been saying for so many years. What a shame it has taken so long, and cost so much suffering, for the penny to start to drop."


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