Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

New look at road safety needed

I cannot express adequately my gratitude to the Belfast Telegraph for recent articles on road safety in this province.

David Gordon's piece on police under-reporting (Belfast Telegraph, September 4) concurs precisely with the Statistics Commission, the Office of National Statistics, and a host of our best universities which show thousands of casualties have been removed at the stroke of a pen by redefining 'serious injury'.

The British Medical Journal published the results of surveys that show 'police misclassifying and misrecording statistics' to endorse speed cameras.

On April 1, Roads Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman dumped the National Camera Campaign as it was 'hopelessly ineffective'.

This year, BBC's Real Story showed the current car test creates unsafe drivers. Young people are paying the price for a system that doesn't train them properly.

ALAN CUNNINGHAM Belfast

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