Monday, May 11, 2009

Quentin Willson and his pen*s extension

Much media interest in a device being tested in London which could regulate the speed of cars by automatically keeping them to the speed limits. No more boy racers at a stroke.

The motoring lobby, of course, will tell you that speed doesn't cause accidents. This is a heavily-pushed viewpoint - where do they get the money from? - but not one that stands up to any scrutiny. Even if you can show that speed per se is not the main cause of an accident, any accidents caused by driver error, driver fatigue, driver intoxication, or indeed, any mechanical cause, will be made worse - far, far worse - by the addition of speed. We're not just talking about minor injuries here either. Despite improvements in road safety, a person is killed every three hours on Britain's roads - nearly 3,000 deaths in 2007.

So what's the problem with speed limits? Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson gave the game away on the Today programme this morning talking about how the device would 'emasculate' drivers. In other words, for drivers like Quentin the car is simply an extension of the pen*s. How long are we going to let these chumps determine public health policy?

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