FENLAND: Drivers are to blame

PUBLISHED: 12:01 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:43 02 June 2010

I WOULD be very disappointed if the county council were to succumb to the campaign to put road safety barriers along the Fenland drains. People who drive cars already have a disproportionate share of public finances spent on them. It is not the roads

I WOULD be very disappointed if the county council were to succumb to the campaign to put road safety barriers along the Fenland drains.

People who drive cars already have a disproportionate share of public finances spent on them.

It is not the roads or the drains which are dangerous.

I am sure that the number of people walking on verges and killed by cars in Fenland is greater than the number of car occupants drowned in the drains, but where is the campaign to make car drivers stay on the road? It is the people who drive the cars who create the danger.

Why is it that when ordinary, sensible people get in charge of a car they tend to think they can go anywhere and go as fast as they like? They seem to think that their time and convenience are more important than anything else.

They forget that they are in charge of a potentially lethal machine. And then our public authorities spend thousands of pounds making roads faster, knocking down houses, tarmacing the countryside to reduce any inconvenience that might irritate a person driving a car.

And now our MP is urging us to give even more public money to protect car drivers from their own stupidity. Instead of spending money on safety barriers we should be spending it on driver education, speed restriction devices, public transport and local services.

HILARY CHIVALL.

Church St

Whittlesey


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