30 Nov 2009.
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Hiding and Manipulation of Road Safety Data as Scandalous as Climategate
Climategate is part of a much bigger picture of scandalous abuse and hiding of statistics by government funded bodies.
The recent ‘Climategate’ scandal comes as no surprise to those at the ABD. For many years we have been questioning the data on man made global warming because the issue has been used as the main excuse for draconian motoring taxes, underinvestment in our road system, restrictions on movement and speed of travel.
 
‘Climategate’ is a prime example but is part of a much bigger picture of scandalous abuse and hiding of statistics by government funded bodies. The ABD have also repeatedly come up against the same brick wall when trying to obtain data on road accident causation, even when using the Freedom of Information Act. Statistics are frequently hidden or manipulated with government approval to play up certain issues.
 
A leading example is the role of speed in accidents where statistics on accidents caused by all sorts of things are lumped together as 'speed related', even when they occur below the speed limit or are caused by drunks or drug users in stolen cars. This is then used as an excuse for draconian enforcement of often unrealistic limits against those travelling at perfectly safe speeds. These limits themselves are set by highly questionable ideas based upon very shaky science again decided by government funded scientists using often hidden and/or manipulated data. Deaths and 'serious injuries' are lumped together as 'KSI' yet the definition of a serious injury is easy to manipulate and interpret to show success or failure of policy.
 
ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said:
“The whole issue of the Freedom of Information Act and those responsible for its implementation must be subject to a public enquiry, as must all issues of manipulation and hiding of statistics by government funded bodies and scientists. These are life and death matters. No stone should be left unturned.”

 
 
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