|20 Aug 2010.
For immediate release.
"It is ironic that Brake should use the example of the tragic death of Ashley Brixey to highlight their campaign to save cameras and partnerships."Ashley died after a car he was a passenger in crashed into a garden swimming pool and overturned. The driver of the car was under the influence of drink and drugs. Ashley died from drowning 1. Had the swimming pool not been where it was, he might well have survived. His untimely death was thus a combination of drink/drug driving and a freak accident.
“Brake seem to have great difficulty finding cases of sober licensed drivers crashing above the speed limit. As in so many cases of 'speeding', it turns out the crash was not CAUSED by exceeding a speed limit but by a combination of drink and drugs causing the driver to fail to adjust his speed for hazards. No speed limit or camera would have prevented this crash. What might have prevented it (other than being sober) would be the sort of education, resisted by Brake and the safety camera partnerships, that the ABD have always called for. Instead of educating youngsters to 'drive by numbers', we need to educate them to observe hazards and adjust speed to conditions.The ABD believes that support for camera partnerships, that have been failing dismally for years, is misguided. Their methods simply do not work and they are fighting to save their empires assisted by the likes of Brake using misleading statistics. 3
We commend Ashley's mother Clare for campaigning against drink/drug driving and for speaking to schools about road safety, but to see her campaigning for speed cameras makes no sense to us. It would be more logical for her to campaign for diminishing radius bends to be re-engineered, or against swimming pools being built next to roads.”