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post #5 of (permalink) Old 18th September 2006
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Likewise, but speed bumps aren't the answer. Imagine carrying someone with life threatening injuries in an ambulance, and having to slow to a crawl over every hump because they can't be jolted around. You arrive at hospital ten minutes later and as a result, they're dead on arrival or die shortly afterwards. This happens, for real, and it could be your child or mine after a non-driving related accident.

So the answer would appear to be 'speed cushions.' These allow wide tracked vehicles to go over unimpeded but slow cars down... in theory. In practice, they slow down small cars (they're a nightmare in the Clio) but bigger cars (like the Laguna) can go over as fast as they want. But in order to do this, you must really concentrate on lining up the car correctly with the cushion, when your time would be better spent watching your surroundings. So speed cushions probably cause more deaths than they prevent too.

I too have a son, and I too am peeved with dangerous and inappropriate urban speeding. On the main road outside our house, you get loads of bikers doing what must be 60+ in a 30, and the odd lunatic in a car doing similar speeds. We have the 'Think' van, but forward facing speed traps are useless on bikes, and they're never around late on Friday and Saturday nights when the nutters in cars are around.

A variation on SPECS is probably what's truthfully needed. Something that logs each car at various points on the road and issues penalties based on average speed. I'm not a fan of speed cameras, but I can probably condone a SPECS type system in the right application (i.e. not the ones they use them for now.)
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