Former Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond’s repeated emphasis on the current restriction being “out-of-date” since “huge advances in safety and motoring technology”, made me question the governments motives behind the rise. Are we talking about cars, roads or the people behind the wheel here? Because, no matter how much carbon-fibre or glossy paintwork are added, you cannot paint over the fact that a car is only safe in the hands of the person who is driving it. Once I had passed my test, I felt confident and reassured that my awareness of the road was justifiable, despite a friend losing her life in a car accident a few months before.
However, the real concern here is the young drivers - ok, so a few questions might have to be reviewed on the theory test, but if learner drivers have not had the opportunity to drive at such acceleration, how will they be able to handle the pressure and fright of driving at faster speeds. Saving a few minutes of your supermarket trip can hardly be worth it when compared to the increased chances you have of losing years off your own life. The government needs to seriously rethink the advantages of increasing the speed limit, and if they do decide to, then a re-think on teaching the rules of the road, particularly for young drivers, needs to be addressed.
(Opinion piece written in 2011 - dedicated to Erin Shee)
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