However, they admit that proper research into accident causation has never been carried out. [PACTS 1997]
The Transport Research Laboratory was commissioned to investigate a new type of form for police officers to report on road traffic accidents they attend. This form was designed to produce more accurate data on causal factors.
The results of this investigation, published in report TRL323, showed that excess speed was a factor (but not necessarily the only factor) in 7.3% of accidents.
Of course, this small problem did not divert the DLTR, who were by this time politically welded to the great 'one third' lie.
They got around their little problem by defining all sorts of other accident causes as "speed related" until they managed to get them to add up to a third.
Here the ABD exposes this and demonstrates the complete bankruptcy of thought prevalent in the road safety industry today.
Below is the table from TRL323 report (Page 9, Table 2) upon which the 'one third' lie is based.
The accident causes highlighted in green are those which the government claims are 'speed related'. Adding these up gives a total of 30%, which they then conveniently round up to 'one third'.
On the right are our comments on each of these items.
|Accident Cause||ABD comments|
|623||10.7%||It is utter nonsense to class this as a 'speed related accident'. The situation here is one person failing to judge the path or speed of a second vehicle — which is not to say that the second vehicle is travelling at an inappropriate or illegal speed. It is purely a failure to observe correctly on the part of the first party.|
|Behaviour - careless/thoughtless/reckless||513||8.8%|
|Looked but did not see||436||7.5%|
|Excessive speed||424||7.3%||This is the only cause that is genuinely to do with speed. Note the percentage of 7.3%, hardly one third is it? Nor it is even the most significant cause of accidents, it comes fifth. We guess that telling the public that speed is responsible for only one thirteenth of accidents just didn't suit their purpose, so they dropped a '1' and made it one third instead.|
|Lack of judgment of own path||369||6.3%|
|Failed to look||365||6.2%|
|Following too close||238||4.1%||Again absolutely nothing to do with speed, you can drive too close to the vehicle in front at 1mph!|
|Impairment — alcohol||222||3.8%|
|Slippery road||175||3.0%||Now they are really getting silly. Imagine a truck spills diesel onto a 30mph road. You are driving along this road at 30mph and skid on the diesel patch resulting in an accident, and they claim this is a speed related accident? Twaddle, absolute twaddle.|
|Inexperience of driving||163||2.8%|
|Behaviour — in a hurry||157||2.7%||Being in a hurry does not mean travelling at excessive speed, it could include not waiting patiently at junctions, roundabouts or pedestrian crossings; not giving way to other traffic. If the vehicle was travelling at excessive speed the accident cause would be classed under 'Excessive Speed'.|
|Site details — bend / winding road||131||2.2%|
|Surroundings — stationary or parked vehicle||112||1.9%|
|Crossed from behind parked vehicle, etc||105||1.8%|
|Surroundings — bend / winding road||104||1.8%|
|Behaviour — panic||91||1.6%|
|Aggressive driving||80||1.4%||Again, this is not speed related, you can be aggressive at 5mph in a supermarket car park!|
|Behaviour — nervous / uncertain||69||1.2%|
|Other — (personal)||64||1.1%|
|Impairment — illness||58||1.0%|
|Distraction — physical outside vehicle||57||1.0%|
|Surroundings — buildings, fences, vegetation||56||1.0%|
|Failed to see pedestrian or vehicle in blindspot||56||1.0%|
|View — glare from the sun||55||0.9%|
|Impairment — fatigue||48||0.8%|
|Weather (eg mist or sleet)||45||0.8%||Perhaps the most ridiculous of all. This means that the accident was caused by the weather not speed, i.e. the vehicle was travelling at a perfectly reasonable speed but encountered some unexpected problem such as flooding on the roadway, or black ice. Again, if the vehicle at been travelling at excessive speed for the conditions it would have been classed under 'Excessive Speed' above.|
|Distraction — physical in/on vehicle||45||0.8%|
|Site details — narrow road||41||0.7%|
|Distraction — stress / emotional state of mind||39||0.7%|
|Inexperience of vehicle||37||0.6%|
|Surroundings — moving vehicle||31||0.5%|
|Animal out of control||29||0.5%|
|Site details — steep hill||28||0.5%|
|Other vehicle defects||26||0.4%|
|Tyres — deflation before impact||26||0.4%|
|Tyres — worn / insufficient tread||26||0.4%|
|Other (Local conditions)||24||0.4%||The inclusion of 'other' is an indication of the extent of the government's addiction to speed. They are so convinced that speed is the be-all and end-all of accident causation that if they can't attribute an accident to anything else, they conclude it must be speed related.|
|Site details — poor road surface||23||0.4%|
|Site details — roadworks||23||0.4%|
|Interaction or competition with other road users||23||0.4%|
|Site details — inadequate signing||17||0.3%|
|Impairment — drugs||17||0.3%|
|Ignored lights at crossing||15||0.3%|
|Person hit wore dark or inconspicuous clothing||15||0.3%|
|Site details — poor / no street lighting||14||0.2%|
|Tyres — wrong pressure||9||0.2%|
|View — windows obscured||6||0.1%|
|Defective lights or signals||5||0.1%|
|View — glare from headlights||1||0.0%|
|Number of factors reported||5847||100%|
You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
So they can: