'How can we improve our work and better listen to you?' Asks LCC & Councillor Richard Davies.
So much for politely listening to people then. Richard.
I wrote to Richard on June 30th very concerned about the habit of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership misleading the public about the effects of speeding and the high offenders of Lincolnshire proving that something is going seriously wrong in Lincolnshire. See Lincolnshire's 50000 speeders here and About LRSP 'porky pies' here. I also copied the letter to various media too. I had no response from Councillor Davies -not entirely unexpected since he's already shunned good independent expert road safety advice- until after The Lincolnshire Echo kindly published a version of the letter.
But by then I had already received anonymous veiled threats from someone claiming to be involved with the partnership. Do see the comments attached to the Porky Pie post..
When Councillor Davies did reply, he was rude, personal and indeed evaded some of the most serious issues, including what is the legal authority to coerce drivers, on threat of legal action, to stump up money other than to a court and to explain the mechanics of how exceeding a number on a pole can cause something to happen?: The main cause of my complaint. Ignoring the work I have done to explain speed here Understand speed he persists in defending the term 'excessive speed', not a legal term at all, that he says is about 'speeding' but fails to explain why not to just use 'speeding'? It has only two syllables where 'excessive speed' has four! Well we all know what 'speeding' is but what on earth is 'excessive speed' and why use it if there is no intention to confuse us all? He also parrots 'speed kills!', the goldmine of all soundbites too.
'Yes on the 6th form basis that the slower everything goes the less severity of casualties but that is focusing on outcomes and not preventing the accidents isn't it? That's why most of the multi billions the massive road safety industry takes from our economy doesn't actually stop one single accident. Ok on that basis let's stop all road traffic and we have road safety Nirvanna but we would all soon be dead from lack of basics.' KP.
The exchanges in full can be found Here. But here are some interesting parts:
RD:'The excess speed point is quite clear to me, in that excess speed exacerbates a problem and can have a direct result on the severity of any injuries thereafter.'
Are you elected for the vested interests and profiteers or the people who all depend on drivers?
Councillor Davies and his road safety partnership have blocked themselves from our twitter account @EastMidsDrivers .Clearly only interested in hearing sycophantic agreement and applause . On any basis wouldn't you think they would follow a local driver's and road safety group instead of putting their paws over their eyes?