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Police send out wrong message about driving
4:23pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Postbag
BACK in the days when driving was regarded as a skill in which people took pride, rather than nowadays when motoring is seen as a necessity and usually performed as an adjunct to doing something else, the police took a different attitude towards motorists.
Wiltshire Police would organise brief trips out from HQ in Devizes with an experienced driver and show enthusiastic drivers how to conduct themselves safely.
It was a far cry from the latest exercise which was conducted locally, where the remains of a crash were exhibited, presumably in the pious hope that it would make drivers and riders somehow more safety conscious.
The best way of improving drivers’ skills is by demonstration, not by berating them. For many, the driving test is regarded as the ultimate in driving success, when in fact it is merely the start of a lifetime of learning. Pretending that adhering rigidly to speed limits somehow makes one a safe motorist sends out completely the wrong message.
The police have a role to play, but missed a great opportunity in this latest publicity.
A PHILLIPS, Salisbury
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