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THE government is to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on most of Britain’s roads, enforced by a new generation of average speed cameras.
The reduction , to be imposed as early as next year, will affect two thirds of the country’s road network. Drivers will still be able to reach 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways and 60mph on the safest A roads.
Jim Fitzpatrick, the roads minister, defended the plan, which will be the most dramatic cut since 1978, when the national speed limit was reduced from 70mph to 60mph.
“There will be some in the driving lobby who think this is a further attack and a restriction on people’s freedom,” he said. “But when you compare that to the fact we are killing 3,000 people a year on our roads, it would be irresponsible not to do something about it. I’m sure that the vast majority of motorists would support the proposals.”
...could save 200-250 lives a year and also reduce carbon emissions....Local authorities will have the power to raise the limit to 60mph on the safest roads, but will have to justify it.....Speed Check Services, the company behind the cameras, claims the number of deaths or serious injuries at its sites has fallen on average by 60%...Fitzpatrick said: “ The nature of some rural roads, with dips and bends and difficult conditions, means that the 60mph limit is not enough.”

Yes, you statist bastard I do think it is "a further attack and a restriction on people’s freedom", the problem is specific drivers driving dangerously in specific places. But your answer is a blanket ban on everyone everywhere enforced by surveillance technology which will alienate large numbers of ordinary people, because you don't trust ordinary people to make any decision. You think that sitting in Whitehall you know better than I do what the appropriate speed is for the road in front of my eyes is. Those on the public payroll are happy to dawdle around, but those actually trying to earn their living need to get a move on. Are you actually trying to provoke the middle classes to riot, because if they do I hope your scrawny neck gets to have a set of jump leads wrapped around it.

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The relentless barrage of crap coming from our rulers everyday leaves me at a loss....what to do?

Is this a case of NuLabour trying to get through as much restrictive, dictatorial crap as possible before their inevitable electoral wipeout?

"Speed Check Services" - is that one of the subsidiaries of ACPO plc?

"Speed Check Services" seems to be the company that supplies SPECS speed camera systems so it seems strange to be taking advice from them.

I do so hope the set of jumps leads, once wrapped round necks, are connected both ends!

I'm sure we'll all be a lot safer if we keep our eyes glued to the speedometer- probably best to blank out the windscreen to avoid distractions

The nirvana state for Statists is for ordinary people to not have cars or access to them.

Then, and only then, will "integrated public transport" really run as they wish: with everybody having to use it, all the time (or a bicycle) having first of course obtained an ACPO Permit in advance for the specific journey one wishes to make. Global Warming will have been reduced, with the concommittant benefit that the State can then start on the next prohibition-target, which by then (alcohol and ciggies having been banned or state-rationed already) be sex or food.

I'd go for the food first: sex needs to be left in for a while, so there are enough young single girls (and maybe boys too for the Harridan Harpersons) available with no education (except in sex, given to them at Primary School) for the Enemy Class to shag.

There will be food rationing in our lifetime.

When they stop listening to private, goverment backed companies as well as properly punishing the criminal from both the commons and the lords, then, maybe then, the people will give a shit about what crap the goverment of the day spouts.

i personaly hope the cabinet ends up living in BNP controled areas, that would be justice.

I agree with thud's opinion on this one. Brown is implementing a scorched earth policy here in Scotland and he now seems hell bent on doing it in England too. We sympathise with you.

The irony is that more speed enforcement won't really change the road death stats by one. Speed has been cited as a contributory factor in only 7% of collisions.

Speed cameras don't catch drunks, unlicenced idiots or those simply not keeping their mind on the job of driving.

As someone who lives in the village of Penyffordd that has over a 1000 speeders through the village each day I welcome this move. I do not want the noise or the danger of speeders.
Bring on covert speed cameras. 20 mph is fine for the village centre.
It is used by pensioners and is a major route to school.

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