There’s been a road accident, in case no one heard.
A huge, ‘ginormous, road accident.
On the M5, on Saturday 5th.
As the BBC put it yesterday afternoon:
Police probing the M5 crash which killed seven people have said a firework display next to the road is the “major line of inquiry”.
Avon and Somerset Police Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said his focus was the Friday night event.
He said “a bank of smoke” had been across the M5 at the time of the crash.
Initial indications are that the cause was a sudden bank of fog or cloud of smoke severaly affecting visibility on the M5.
Do we know how fast they were going? Nope. Not yet.
Do we know what the traffic conditions were? Nope. Not yet.
Has there been an investigation which has lead to a firm conclusion? Nope. Not yet.
But do we have any indications? Yep, that it was caused by a sudden loss of visibility from a cause not yet firmly identified.
Meanwhile, from ROSPA:
Jo Bullock, spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: ‘We have said from the beginning that we would not support an increase in the speed limit.
‘Higher speed means less time for drivers to react to what’s going on around them. Our concern is that there will be more serious accidents.’
And Ellen Booth, from BRAKE:
“Government policy should not be doing anything to increase the number of man-made, unnatural deaths occurring,” says Ms Booth.
She continues: “It’s relevant to today’s story [the M5 incident] because if you raise the motorway speed limit it sends out the message that it’s ok to go faster on our motorways.”
Nice one, ladies.
Why let any of this prevent you from jumping on the charnel-wagon, when a few dead bodies in the mortuary provide good ammunition for a campaign which well may have nothing whatsoever to do with the causes of this accident?
In a more sensible world we’ll probably be looking at bonfires, firework displays and wind direction, and thinking about families and behaving thoughtfully before we launch our media Exocets.
And then we’d have a sensible debate about an 80mph motorway speed limit.
But this is not a sensible world, and least for so-called ‘road safety campaigners’.
[Update: Jo Bullock, of ROSPA, has responded to LongRider making the same point as I have, here.]
Photo credit: Daily Mirror.