I despair at this sort of utter stupidity.
A bereaved mother has led a protest against the ending of a speed camera partnership scheme in her area.
Presumably the young child she lost was mown down by a speeding driver. No? What then…
Claire Brixey’s son Ashley, 20, was killed in a crash in Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire, in 2004 when the car in which he was a passenger landed upside-down in a swimming pool after the driver lost control.
Well, very sad I’m sure.
Ms Brixey, who lives in Standerwick on the Wiltshire/Somerset border, has been a road safety campaigner since the crash.
In the protest in Trowbridge, she urged a rethink of the decision to end the Wiltshire and Swindon Camera Safety Partnership scheme.
Ms Brixey told Sky News: "We need to show the importance of them (speed cameras) and that we need to keep them, that they are there for a very, very good reason and they do save lives."
And this tragedy happened in 2004 you say? When there were FUCKING LOADS of speed cameras operating in Wiltshire?
They didn’t save your son. What good did they do? Anything?
UPDATE: As pointed out by @TheABD on twitter… regarding the car in which Ms Brixey’s son died:
The driver Richard Joyce, who was twice over the legal alcohol limit and had taken ecstasy before getting behind the wheel
So errr… speed cameras, which have replaced traffic policemen are REALLY GREAT at detecting drugged and drunk drivers. (More from The ABD on this incident and the way it has been manipulated here).
This is precisely why the bereaved should not be given a voice in policy, because they are rendered incapable of rational and objective thought.
Have some dignity and grieve in peace, then move on, instead of dedicating the rest of your life to a misguided march of miserablism.
UPDATE: I missed another golden quote in that article:
Ellen Booth, campaigns officer for road safety charity Brake, said: "Increasingly, decisions being made on speed cameras are more about politics and less about facts.
Ahaha… Ahahahahaaaaaa. Ahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaasaaaaaa GRRRRRRRRR. Do these people have no self-awareness at all?
For those who don’t know, Brake was set up by a woman who wanted to campaign for speed cameras, reduced limits, more penalties and fines etc, because her son was killed by an HGV whose brakes had failed.
If you want to know some of the FACTS that Brake find deeply uncomfortable, get yourself over to the Safespeed website.