FENLAND: The roads do not change.

PUBLISHED: 11:19 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:45 02 June 2010

IN the Wisbech Standard of November 14, Mick Hughes quite rightly points out that in the main traffic accidents come about by driver error, although not necessarily on the part of those persons directly involved. The roads themselves and the permanent su

IN the Wisbech Standard of November 14, Mick Hughes quite rightly points out that in the main traffic accidents come about by driver error, although not necessarily on the part of those persons directly involved.

The roads themselves and the permanent surroundings in fact do not move whether they are pavements, buildings, river courses, or the like.

Whilst extending every sympathy with injured parties, and the relatives and friends of those unfortunately involved in road traffic accidents, blame cannot be placed upon surroundings.

On several occasions I have observed signs advising drivers of the number of accidents that have occurred recently, however these notices do not state how many have resulted from drivers reading similar notices instead of concentrating on driving.

Maybe as an outsider who only moved into the area some twenty years ago, and a Cockney by birth I should refrain from stirring things. However, as a retired 'Met. Police Traffic Copper' I couldn't resist expressing my views.

Incidentally I notice that quite a lot of money must have been spent recently in installing new traffic lights adjacent to the Clarkson memorial. However in carrying out this operation a central island has been widened, thus the traffic flow from the direction of the Post Office is reduced from a double to single lane. If one stands and observes during busy times this has resulted in tailbacks of traffic into the Crescent, thus making crossing the road at any point hazardous especially for the elderly.

BRIAN SMITH

Knights Close

Leverington


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