Meeting on the ledge

(or why I don't get out much…..)

Motorway hard shoulders

The UK government in its wisdom has decided that we should all start using the hard shoulder of the motorway in heavy traffic. Forgive me for being obvious, but when I was taught to drive many years ago I was told that the hard shoulder had 2 purposes: firstly as a ‘safe’ refuge when your car breaks down, and secondly as a route for emergency vehicles.

 Where do we now go when our cars ‘fail to proceed’? And how do emergency vehicles then get to them?  There are already several deaths a year of people who have broken down on the hard shoulder and for some reason other drivers have hit them – if that broken-down vehicle is now directly in front of you without lights and you are doing 70 mph in the dark what chance do you or the occupants of that car have? How long will the ambulance or police now take to  get to you? I wonder how many deaths it will take for this policy to be reversed?

 (By the way, apologies as this is yet another rant which has nothing to do with Libraries… I promise I’ll get back to them soon…..).

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October 26, 2007 - Posted by | General

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