Sign of stupidity

ALMOST every day and every week we read in the Argus of shocking road and pavement motor crashes with long and painful suffering by victims and families.

Most unimaginable collisions are the result of speeding motorists, with Gwent having the second highest proportion of young drivers (Argus, May 28) involved in fatal and serious road incidents in the United Kingdom, new research has shown.

This a big worry for all families, so what is the Welsh Assembly Government doing about it?

The Welsh Language Commissionaire has announced the incredible plan to redesign all new road signs, highlighting the Welsh language instead of the English language.

Confusion, danger and road rage will obviously increase on our busy and congested roads if this costly brainwave is implemented!

It would be interesting to know what our traffic experts, Gwent Police, the RAC, the AA, haulage contractors and the majority of Welsh/English speakers think of this mindless proposal.

Brian Donovan, Darlington Court, Newport

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2:03pm Wed 25 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

Most unimaginable collisions are the result of speeding motorists
This is a falsehood and the poor attempt to legitimise it by linking this with the unrelated 'fact' that Gwent has the second highest proportion of young drivers is misleading.

In actuality, speeding is the primary factor in only a minority of incidents, with most being attributed to driver loss of concentration, followed by alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

Speed doesn't kill, bad driving does.
[quote]Most unimaginable collisions are the result of speeding motorists [/quote] This is a falsehood and the poor attempt to legitimise it by linking this with the unrelated 'fact' that Gwent has the second highest proportion of young drivers is misleading. In actuality, speeding is the primary factor in only a minority of incidents, with most being attributed to driver loss of concentration, followed by alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Speed doesn't kill, bad driving does. -trigg-
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2:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

And if you want "loss of concentration" try reading through the gigantic signs, only half of which the majority can read. The inbound sign on Cardiff Road approaching the Ebbw Bridge roundabout is a case study in stupidity: More than twice the size of the original, nearer the roundabout, around a bend and the bottom is positioned 7 feet off the ground. I challenge anybody to make use of it without taking their eyes off the car in front for a dangerous amount of time.
And if you want "loss of concentration" try reading through the gigantic signs, only half of which the majority can read. The inbound sign on Cardiff Road approaching the Ebbw Bridge roundabout is a case study in stupidity: More than twice the size of the original, nearer the roundabout, around a bend and the bottom is positioned 7 feet off the ground. I challenge anybody to make use of it without taking their eyes off the car in front for a dangerous amount of time. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 9

9:16am Thu 26 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

Silly me. It's the road signs causing the young drivers to crash is it? I thought it might have had something to do with the FACT that they are all glued to their phones whilst driving. Holding phones for calls, texting, catching up on Facebook or Twitter or just adjusting the music selection.
I have seriously no time for the WAG in any form or the financial black hole that is the Welsh Language Initiative, but to try and blame whatever statistics you have for road traffic accidents and deaths on Welsh over English road signs is nuts.
Silly me. It's the road signs causing the young drivers to crash is it? I thought it might have had something to do with the FACT that they are all glued to their phones whilst driving. Holding phones for calls, texting, catching up on Facebook or Twitter or just adjusting the music selection. I have seriously no time for the WAG in any form or the financial black hole that is the Welsh Language Initiative, but to try and blame whatever statistics you have for road traffic accidents and deaths on Welsh over English road signs is nuts. landyman3030
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

throwy1 says...

Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart.
Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart. throwy1
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

throwy1 wrote:
Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart.
Even easier way to stop speeding motorists. Increase the speed limits.
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart.[/p][/quote]Even easier way to stop speeding motorists. Increase the speed limits. -trigg-
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3:17pm Fri 4 Jul 14

varteg1 says...

throwy1 wrote:
Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart.
Throwy....why not campaign for all non essential driving to be banned and permits be issued ton those ever so important drivers who have pressing business?

We can then all be assured that the roads would be cleared of the hoi poloi, son that these important folk would be able to travel at 30 mph maximum on the M4, with hardly any chance of having a crash.

But ONLY if they drive a Roller, or Bentley, certainly nothing costing less than 75 thousand, travelling salesmen excepted, as they tend to be well heeled as far as cars are concerned, and they also will go at more than 30,. too dangerous for the timid lot you seem to think are the only ones permitted onto the roads.

How about turning it on it's head and penalising pedestrians and cyclists whenever they get caught doing stupid stuff like riding on pavements, or stepping out off the kerb without looking.
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: Easy way to stop our speeding young motorists, put speed cameras on all roads about 30m apart.[/p][/quote]Throwy....why not campaign for all non essential driving to be banned and permits be issued ton those ever so important drivers who have pressing business? We can then all be assured that the roads would be cleared of the hoi poloi, son that these important folk would be able to travel at 30 mph maximum on the M4, with hardly any chance of having a crash. But ONLY if they drive a Roller, or Bentley, certainly nothing costing less than 75 thousand, travelling salesmen excepted, as they tend to be well heeled as far as cars are concerned, and they also will go at more than 30,. too dangerous for the timid lot you seem to think are the only ones permitted onto the roads. How about turning it on it's head and penalising pedestrians and cyclists whenever they get caught doing stupid stuff like riding on pavements, or stepping out off the kerb without looking. varteg1
  • Score: 0
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