6 Nov 2011.
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Road Safety ‘Charities’ Are Like Circling Vultures Over M5 Dead
Shameful attempts by anti-car/anti-driver groups to exploit victims in order to further their agenda before accident investigation complete
The ABD has the deepest sympathy with the friends and families of those killed and injured as a result of the M5 disaster, but we think that no conclusions should be drawn about the causes until after the accident investigation is complete. It is, however, clear that the accident involved a number of HGVs limited to 56mph and below, plus there are question marks over the wisdom of holding a firework display adjacent to the motorway.

ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
“It is entirely predictable and reprehensible that anti-car/anti-driver groups would try to use the M5 disaster to bolster their demonstrably weak arguments against raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph. The proposed change to 80 mph is in order to bring the limit in line with the 85th percentile speed (the speed that 85% of drivers choose not to exceed). Accidents aren't caused by a 'number on a pole' and the M5 disaster will be shown to be no exception.”

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