London, 11 Jan 2001.
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Government Must Wipe The Sleep From Its Eyes On Safe Driving
Recent publicity on the dangers of driving whilst tired has again highlighted the dangers of the government's much criticised single minded approach to road safety.
The Association of British Drivers has time and again highlighted the fact that there are many accident causation factors that kill and injure far more people than the government's hobbyhorse - excessive speed.

Driving whilst unfit through tiredness is a major problem resulting in around 25% of casualty accidents on motorways. While this is far more than the 4-7% caused by excessive speed for the conditions, the government does very little to educate people about this danger, nor most of the others. The Government simply parrots the 'speed kills' mantra, telling drivers to slow down, seemingly regardless of whether they were driving too fast in the first place. The cynical might suggest this is because there is no money to be made from tackling the problems of tiredness.

ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said:

"The combination of unrealistically low speed limits and the proliferation of cameras will clearly increase the number of tired drivers on our roads. Reduced speed limits mean that drivers take longer to reach their destinations, and forcing people to drive at unrealistically low speeds makes the driving task less stimulating. This dramatically increases the chances of attentions wandering, thus exacerbating the problems of tiredness"

The ABD yet again calls for the government to concentrate on education of all road users on ALL aspects of safe road use.

Accidents where drivers fall asleep have most deadly consequences as often no braking is carried out before impact. Companies who push their drivers to meet unrealistic targets must be made responsible for their actions. Real rest areas, not 'shopping centres', should also be provided at frequent intervals on motorways, something that their French and German counterparts have had in place for years.

 

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