Speed is not the problem on A21

While I sympathise with anyone who has suffered the consequences of a road accident, the response from Huw Merriman and the authorities proposing to implement average speed cameras on the A21 is typical whenever there is an accident and so disappointing, he is right that drivers won’t like it but who are we to argue, it’s only our money.

Statistically, most accidents around 60/70 per cent, are caused by driver error and not speed, so the knee-jerk reaction of those in charge immediately calling for speed restrictions/more cameras is unfounded, so blaming speed and not the driver seems to be the default option.

Most problems on the A21 are caused by slow moving queues behind lorries etc. and people taking risks to overtake. This is especially relevant because there is no dual carriageway until Lamberhurst - closing the Flimwell section was insane especially when the whole road from Tonbridge to Hastings needs to be dualled.

In my opinion mobile phones pose a far greater threat to road safety than speed ever does and we’ll soon be trundling along behind the man with the red flag at 5mph.

Terry Goff

Oaklea Close

St Leonards

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