- The Saturday Times today had a barely two inch paragraph on Page 27 of the news of three people who were killed when their car ‘somehow’ crashed into a garden over Easter.
The tiny article, said the vehicle ‘lost control’. Yes, that ‘handy word’ again. How can a car ‘lose control?’ According to the Daily Mail, the road conditions were poor.
As cyclists, we know that when there is bad weather, more often that not, it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to the motorist. They think ‘ rain = less cars on the road = so let’s speed”. Many motorists do not understand that they have to drive to the conditions. It does not mean drive over say, 60mph in rain or other bad weather.
The rather lazy and recycled titchy Times article did not state if the road was a local blackspot (A449 north of Wombourne), and perhaps was something that the council had done nothing about.
Incidently, there were two photos on Page 27 – one of a pheasant and large one of some men, dressed in tweed, shooting pheasants and then a big article on pheasant shooting parties accompanying it. On page 11, even more importantly, there is a big photo of ‘a wabbit’ and a chick. Blimey, the Times is like some kind of child’s comic. It is hard to know to know what section of the Times I’m reading, an adult’s or the child’s supplement.
Road death news only warrants a paragraph in The Times, the same as the one about ‘a missing vulture, but a pheasants. ‘wabbit’s and chicks are Big News.
What next? A white mouse on the front page?
Update: on the A449
Turns out that the A449 is a 70mph blackspot and you guess right, residents have complained about this dangerous road before: (What a ‘preventable’ surprise).
From a local website (undated):
“Safety review pledged on A449
An accident blackspot in Wolverhampton which has claimed two lives in as many months was today facing a safety review as police named the latest driver to be killed on the stretch.
Jagjit Singh, aged 51, who is from the city, was killed just before midnight on Saturday when his silver Peugeot 406 hit a telegraph pole along the A449 Stourbridge Road near Wombourne.
Today police vowed to hold talks with Staffordshire County Council following repeated demands for traffic calming by residents.
There have been at least 12 serious accidents in recent years and people are now calling for the 70mph speed limit to be cut”.