|London, 1 May 2005.
For immediate release.
"These weren't high-performance car and bike nuts, these were normal, working, tax-paying members of the public who have simply had enough. As I talked to the protesters one thing became abundantly clear — this was the first time many of them had ever taken part in a protest. The actions of the local camera partnership had just pushed them too far."The ABD believes that the Partnership's comments 'we have about 12% of all people being killed and seriously injured on Wiltshire roads happening on this stretch of motorway' and 'We are charged with reducing death and injury on the roads. If we ignore the motorway we are ignoring a major part of that problem' miss the issue completely.
"The partnership have come up with no evidence that a significant number of crashes are being caused by drivers travelling above the speed limit, yet the ignore all the other accident causes, many of which can be exacerbated by forcing drivers to travel artificially slowly such as inattention, tiredness, traffic bunching and poor lane discipline. It's no wonder drivers are now taking to the streets in protest."The ABD calls upon the partnership to listen to the public and to reconsider the practice of using speed cameras on motorways immediately.