I see that Nanny is about to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, in her view this will reduce the number of deaths on the roads.
As her Roads Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick, said:
"..we are killing 3,000 people a year on our roads, it would be irresponsible not to do something about it...."
Well I wonder precisely who the "we" are that he refers to?
Doesn't he get the point that "responsibility" comes from the individual, and should not be imposed by the state?
Anyhoo, as to whether these 3,000 corpses a year are as a result of someone doing 60 on clear sunny day on an open road, or some prat doing 50 on a fog bound lane 1 metre away from someone's exhaust pipe remains a mystery that Nanny will not enlighten us about.
I am sure that by cutting the speed limit to 50, the 3,000 deaths per annum will magically stop!
That aside, here is rather an interesting factoid about Nanny's plans. Nanny will change the speed limit, but will not change the signs (a white circle with a black stripe).
Why would this be a problem?
Well, you see, local councils can if they wish apply to keep the speed limit at 60. Thus leaving the motorist a tad confused.
The good news for Nanny though is she will use this change to erect (can I say erect at this time of day?) more speed cameras, with a view to catching all who flout her new rules. Those who are caught will of course, kerrching!!, have to pay a fine.
A nice little earner by anyone's standards!
By the way, in case any of you are thinking that I am griping over this because it means I can't drive my sports cars at 60 down country lanes anymore, fear not.
I haven't driven since 1996, and do not own a car!
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