I errr. Oh FFS.

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.

Fucking idiots.


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.


6 thoughts on “I errr. Oh FFS.

  1. “march of miserablism”

    hard to say, but a fantastic summary of the way this country is headed.

    CallMeDave hasn’t shown signs of a significant course change.

    Did the nice lady give the speed safety courses by any chance? A fine opportunity to take the pulpit of moral superiority, I guess those courses are going to dwindle now…shame, she’s going to lose the position of helpful idiot

  2. “This is precisely why the bereaved should not be given a voice in policy, because they are rendered incapable of rational and objective thought.”

    Truer words were never said.

  3. Couldn’t have written it any better.

    The key point is that her son died not due to speed but stupidity by the driver. Her son had some responsibility for his own death as he got into the car of someone who he knew was on drugs and drunk. If she has any anger about the loss of her son, she should channel it into drug rehabilitiion and drink driving not speed cameras.

  4. Surely this case illustrates precisely why traffic police are an infinitely better way of improving road safety than speed cameras. No speed camera ever caught a drunk or drugged driver.

    • That’s precisely what it demonstrates.

      Coming to a road near you soon: Traffic PCSOs with powers to pull cars over, use breathalysers, drugalysers and speed guns. And, of course, issue fixed penaties driven by targets, which will cost you a fortune to defend against, even when you’re absolutely innocent.

      You know it’s gonna happen.

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