|London, 28 Mar 2004.
For immediate release.
"Those convicted at dangerously high speeds are high risk drivers who need training - however, these make up a very small proportion of speeding convictions. Research shows that the second fastest group of drivers are acually the safest. With current speed limit setting and enforcement policy, these safe drivers are the most likely to be caught on camera and account for most of the three million convicted each year".McArthur-Christie elaborated:
"For decades, road safety experts have known that the safest drivers are those who naturally set their speed closest to the '85th percentile' for the road, i.e. that speed below which 85% of drivers would travel in free flowing traffic. This is why government guidelines recommend speed limits should be set around this level. Risk increases for drivers who travel faster than this, but those who naturally set their speeds at lower levels also show higher risk levels. As nonsensical speed camera guidelines only allow camera placement where speed limits are set too low - well below the 85th percentile level, the vast majority of those convicted and attending these courses will be amongst the safest group of drivers".
"Catching safe drivers for breaking a badly set speed limits has always been pointless, and has resulted in great animosity towards the police. It has also failed to improve the death toll on Britain's roads. We fear that these courses will be scoped to justify this activity to an increasingly sceptical public rather than to impart anything useful about road safety. Training courses for bad drivers are absolutely the right way to go — but the right drivers must attend them, and the content must make sense."