Support safety measures

PUBLISHED: 13:04 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 07:04 30 May 2010

YOUR front page article last week Watching traffic from high above highlighted important issues about what price people are willing to pay to help others. I came to this area in 2000 from another part of the country, and it often impresses me how local

YOUR front page article last week 'Watching traffic from high above' highlighted important issues about what price people are willing to pay to help others.

I came to this area in 2000 from another part of the country, and it often impresses me how local people want changes to happen, but are not prepared to allow others to carry out the necessary changes.

I use the roads mentioned in the article and am always struck by how fast motorcyclists go and how many overtake on bends and use the opposite side of the road when they can't see what is coming the other way.

Deaths and serous injury from motorbike accidents in the county are consistently high and are not improving year on year.

I grew up in an area where there were frequent motorbike accidents on country roads through reckless driving.

It affected my family when my sister was killed in one such accident just before her 19th birthday. Even now, after more than 27 years, the sight of her body with its injuries lying in her coffin is one that I can vividly recall. I would not wish this on any other family.

I heard the police helicopter in action last weekend and while it was slightly intrusive, I am wholly in support of their measures to improve road safety. A temporary increase in noise is a small price to pay for what they are trying to achieve.

I believe that there is no causal link between cutting back on street lighting and police proprieties, as Mr Hockley suggests; it is better for him to think the local authority has 'lost the plot' than for people to actually lose their lives.

Roger Price, High Street, Wethersfield


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