|London, 2 Aug 2006.
For immediate release.
"It`s difficult to see the road safety logic behind Direct Line`s rather confused argument. They don`t offer any evidence that the fatal crashes are related to people breaking the 60mph limit — because there is none. And if breaking the 60 limit were the problem, where is the sense in reducing that limit to 40mph? This reads more like a PR-driven survey than serious road safety."McArthur-Christie concluded
"We must move away from the view that 'the answer`s a blanket speed limit — now what`s the question?' A safe speed for the conditions varies constantly, from second to second and can be significantly above or below 40mph. Good drivers know and recognise this. Blanket speed limits just increase frustration overtakes, cause drivers to tailgate and reduce respect for speed limits generally. Forcing compliance with such limits reduces attention and stops drivers thinking for themselves — a head on collision between two cars doing 40mph is still likely to be fatal, and speedo-watching, brain-dead driving makes this more likely on country lanes."