Leading Article: Ministers are speeding in the wrong direction
Monday 20 September 1999
And this after William Hague has already started to exploit the Conservatives' traditional stance as the party of the motor car.
This is not just politically unwise; it is the wrong direction for policy on road safety. Toughen up the driving test. Stop drivers using mobile phones. But for goodness' sake let us stop wasting police time trying to enforce speed limits that everyone regards as flexible guidelines.
There are places where a maximum speed as low as 20mph is desirable, and should be enforced by speed humps. But there are plenty of places, and Britain's very safe motorways are some of them, where any kind of speed limit is unnecessary, and where the abolition of speed limits would free the police to catch those who drive dangerously at whatever speed.
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