Don’t run risk of causing tragedy

Bournemouth Echo: Don’t run risk of causing tragedy Don’t run risk of causing tragedy

RAY Tutton has been described as “the nicest man ever”.

Unfortunately most of us will never have the privilege of knowing Ray. He lost his life in the early hours of Christmas Eve last year, on the crossing outside Poole’s Branksome Railway pub.

His widow Liz has signed up to a safety campaign by the charity Brake.

The campaign, Go 20, is a bold one. It wants 20mph limits in built-up areas and for drivers to stick to 20 in such places, even when the limit is higher.

Ray himself was the victim of very blatant speeding – a driver doing around 50mph in a dash to a casino.

But as Liz makes clear, speeding is never OK. Even if it’s only a few miles per hour over the limit, even if it’s dark and the roads are empty – any speeding increases the chance that you will be responsible for a tragedy.

It is not worth the risk that you might deprive the world of another life like Ray’s.

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6:01pm Tue 20 Nov 12

O'Reilly says...

Very sad for Ray's family and his widow, but, unfortunately a 20 mph speed limit wouldn't make a ha'porth of difference to the moron who killed Ray and other idiots who think it is ok to drive at speed in built up areas.
Very sad for Ray's family and his widow, but, unfortunately a 20 mph speed limit wouldn't make a ha'porth of difference to the moron who killed Ray and other idiots who think it is ok to drive at speed in built up areas. O'Reilly

5:23pm Fri 23 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

This is a sad story but lowering speed limits will make no difference to those who treat all roads with contempt, like the disgusting scum bag who killed Ray.
All that would happen if a 20mph limit was adopted on all urban roads is that the Police would have a field day going after the motorist for profit for exceeding a ludicrously low limit. It would not stop accidents from happening because no-one will obey a 20mph limit except around schools. What next? Lower the limit to 5mph and have a man with a red flag walk in front of your car like they did 100+ years ago?
Also, pedestrians need to take some responsibility for themselves on the roads. How about the Police fining them for not observing the Green Cross Code? I'm sure there's a money making scam to be had there!
This is a sad story but lowering speed limits will make no difference to those who treat all roads with contempt, like the disgusting scum bag who killed Ray. All that would happen if a 20mph limit was adopted on all urban roads is that the Police would have a field day going after the motorist for profit for exceeding a ludicrously low limit. It would not stop accidents from happening because no-one will obey a 20mph limit except around schools. What next? Lower the limit to 5mph and have a man with a red flag walk in front of your car like they did 100+ years ago? Also, pedestrians need to take some responsibility for themselves on the roads. How about the Police fining them for not observing the Green Cross Code? I'm sure there's a money making scam to be had there! The Renegade Master

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