Some green looney has got to be having a laugh
Pace drivers for motorway
23 January 2006
by Alex Eckford
Road chiefs are recruiting "pace" drivers to make sure motorists stick to speed limits.
The trial scheme will see volunteers employed to keep a steady speed of 70mph or less in the third lane of the motorway.
More than 30 motorists have already applied to be Community Pace Drivers in Doncaster, Yorks.
The town's metropolitan borough council claims accidents which occur at lower speeds result in less severe injuries.
However it has come under fire from road safety gear suppliers Speedsafe, who have branded the scheme foolhardy and incompetent.
Speedsafe spokesman Paul Smith said: "Imagine the chaos caused by a pace car at 70mph in lane three of a motorway."
"This level of incompetence is breathtaking - safety depends on drivers adjusting speed to the environment."