|London, 10 Aug 2006.
For immediate release.
"Crashes are an illness we've suffered for too long on our roads. But now we're prescribing 'quick fix' road safety drugs with far worse side effects. To drive safely, drivers and riders need to be alert and engaged with the driving task. The more you take away from that task, the more switched-off they become. Limiters are the ultimate way to turn safe drivers into bored, uninvolved cruise missiles."The ABD has become increasingly concerned that road safety has become a simple, single-issue area, with speed limit compliance being the be-all and end-all. Stick to the limit and you'll be safe. But there is no one fixed, safe speed for the road — a safe speed varies constantly. Ironically, safe speeds are often well below posted limits, particularly in town centres and residential areas, yet far higher than many new rural limits allow. This focus on making drivers observe speed limits rather than cultivating the mental processes necessary to set safe speeds has led to a road safety policy which is now so simple as to be dangerous. The ultimate danger — the ABD believes — is external control of vehicle speeds.