Punish danger drivers

PUBLISHED: 11:23 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 04 May 2010

I AM writing having just witnessed a road accident outside my house on St. John s Road, Ely. The head-on collision left skid marks long enough for me to assume speed far in excess of that appropriate for the road. Fortunately, neither party was injured.

I AM writing having just witnessed a road accident outside my house on St. John's Road, Ely.

The head-on collision left skid marks long enough for me to assume speed far in excess of that appropriate for the road. Fortunately, neither party was injured.

Your paper has in recent months highlighted the rising death toll on our county's roads and the police have expressed their concern and commitment to reducing accidents. So, I felt the police should be informed so that they could investigate this accident to determine if a driving offence had been committed.

I was informed by the police that they are not interested in investigating any accident where a) no public property has been damaged, b) nobody has been injured and c) the vehicles are not blocking the road.

The person I spoke to told me that it was my opinion that an offence had been committed and this was no basis for police investigation. I agree completely, which is why I felt it appropriate for professionals to attend the scene to make that judgement.

I would be the last person to wish to see more reduced speed limits, speed humps and speed cameras as I feel they do nothing to solve the problem. However, I do feel that where accidents are caused by drivers not driving safely there should be consequences for them. Until then, I don't see how the authorities can really expect to see deaths and injuries reduced.

JOHN GORDON

St John's Road

Ely

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