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Re: Doom and despondency

----- Original Message -----
From: Phil Payne <quk@isham-research.demon.co.uk>
To: <quattro@audifans.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 1999 10:21 AM
Subject: Doom and despondency

> There are reports in today's UK papers that a Goverment review is looking
> at speed limits around the UK.  The main proposals are:
> a) 20 mph in towns (currently 30)
In York it can be difficult to reach 20mph sometimes. Last week I was 2
miles into my journey to work when I remembered the papers that I had been
preparing for a meeting. The road that I was on was gridlocked in the
opposite direction so I tried to cut through the town. It took 20 minutes to
return home. 35 minutes later I was in my office 25 miles away.

> b) 50 mph on rural roads (currently 60)
The reason being suposedly to 'protect pedestrians'. When was the last time
that you saw somebody  walking along a country road? I can't recall, but
certainly not in the last month.

> c) Police forces to be allowed to retain speeding fine revenue
This I agree with, especially if linked to the push from some of the forces
to allow them to apply discression. Most traffic officers view speeding on
dual carrigeway roads in good conditions and light traffic as being totally
acceptable - its the 35mph in towns that they don't like.

Jim Haseltine