Two items caught my attention in a newspaper this morning. My reason for buying the paper was to read about Chris Evans resigning from Top Gear.
I am a great Top Gear fan and have watched the new series with interest. I miss Clarkson and Co, but have enjoyed some of the episodes in this series. The format is still evolving and I look foreword to the next series. I would love to try the new off-road challenge in the rally car. But who should replace Chris Evans? VIcki Butler-Henderson or Tiff Needell in my opinion.
Anyway, moving on…
The first story concerned a tractor driver who was prosecuted for obstructing traffic. He caused a 50-car tailback when he drove for three miles at 25 mph. He claimed he could not see the tailback because a following lorry blocked his view.
The 20-year-old farm worker, who was stopped near Glastonbury on the A39, was fined £190 and received three points for driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
The second story outlined proposals to replace T-junctions with mini-roundabouts, because stiff-necked elderly drivers find it difficult to look over their shoulders. Motorists over 75 are twice as likely to be killed at T-junctions than the average motorist. It is suggested that mini-roundabouts would be more pensioner-friendly.
Other suggestions include:
- Greater use of segregated slip roads on motorways and some A roads.
- Wider white lines in the middle of the road.
- Extra traffic lights at crossroads.
- Larger lettering on road markings.
The number of older motorists is expected to reach 8.5 million in 20 years’ time, up from 4.7 million today. There will be a million drivers over 85 years of age by 2025.
Finally, I was talking to a police officer who hit and killed a badger when responding to a 999 call. (He was unhurt and police van undamaged, and he was able to continue to his destination.) This led me to the following information from the East Cheshire road safety website:
Please note that dead badgers must always be reported to the Police Wildlife Crime Officers, phone 0845 458 000, or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. The badger must be removed as soon as possible so that criminals cannot follow its path back to its sett and disturb other badgers that may be there.
A dead badger can be sample tested to establish if it has been baited by dogs, killed and then dumped on the road to make it look as though it was a road casualty.
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it an offence to kill, injure, ill-treat, dig for or disturb a badger, damage or destroy a sett, obstruct access to a sett or cause a dog to enter it.