Deaths caused by potholes, how much more evidence do we need to prove that the authorities just DONT care about road safety.

Pothole-ridden roads claims second cycling victim this year

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

An 83-year-old cyclist who suffered serious head injuries in a fall from his bike after striking a pothole on a busy main road, has died, it’s been confirmed.

Roger Hamer, of Manchester Road, Ramsbottom, died at Salford Royal at 12.45pm on Sunday, April 4.

Mr Hamer had suffered a ‘life-threatening’ head injury after hitting the pothole on Bury New Road in Ramsbottom on the afternoon of Saturday, March 5.

Mr Hamer, who had not been wearing a helmet, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.Police said that there is no evidence to suggest that any other vehicles were involved.

Earlier in March Surrey man Ralph Brazier, 52, of Thames Ditton, suffered fatal injuries when he rode over a deep pothole fell on a busy road in Weybridge.

DIA CEO Carly Brookfield commented:

‘Incidents like these are all the more tragic as they are avoidable. Although £250 million was apparently set aside in the Autumn budget (in a special pothole fund) to help fill the ruts, it’s too little money and what there is is not reaching our roads quick enough. In fact according to a rather depressing report issued by Asphalt Industry Alliance, it will take an £11.8 billion investment and 14 years to fill all the potholes currently littering UK roads.

‘Coming from Rossendale, where the latest man perished, and still visiting regularly I know how bad the state of the roads are all over the valley and also in Surrey where DIA is based. However, it is equally tragic the latest victim was not wearing a helmet either to offer some level of protection-with the roads in such a state of poor repair-and with all the other hazards they face-cyclists really must take safety seriously and wear the right protective clothing. Having lost my uncle to a similar accident I am so saddened to see people still taking these risks’.

My personal view is the government just does not care about road safety, if France and Germany can maintain and replace their roads on a regular basis then why cant we, after all we are all equal in this wonderful EU aren,t we ??????

Dangerous Potholes in Hastings


Pothole damage hits 6m drivers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Repair bills have hit over six million UK drivers in 2015 thanks to potholes.

Research from car repair company Kwik Fit found that over last year, 6.3m drivers had damage from hitting potholes totalling £684m in bills – an average £108.60 for repairs to tyres, wheels, suspension, exhausts or other bodywork.

Hitting a pothole is most likely to have caused damage in Yorkshire & Humber and London, where over a third (37% and 35% respectively) of drivers hitting a pothole had to make repairs. Welsh drivers were most likely to be financially unscathed from the impact of a pothole, although even here, 17% faced repair bills.

Collectively,  drivers in the South East, who have had to pay £108,149,130 for repairs caused by potholes, followed by drivers in London, with the capital’s roads causing £91,368,450 worth of damage.

Per individual driver, the costliest damage was suffered in the east of England, where drivers had to pay an average of £163.68, nearly three times as much as drivers in Wales, where the average repair bill was £61.83. Welsh drivers have collectively faced the lowest bill of all regions at £12.4million, less than half the cost to drivers in the north east of England, the second lowest region.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey out today (23.03.2016) reveals that only £13.5m has been paid out in compensation in England and Wales, just 2.1% of the total cost of damage.

Kwik Fit also found that 31% of motorists who hit a pothole in the last twelve months say they did so because it was hidden by water and they thought it was just a puddle.   Kwik Fit found that nearly half (46%) of those hitting a pothole said they would have risked colliding with other traffic if they had swerved around it.  4% of those hitting a pothole were honest enough to admit that they were driving too fast, and couldn’t stop in time.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “We all understand that council budgets are stretched right across the country, but this research shows the financial burden being placed upon individual motorists.  And that’s purely the repair bill – it doesn’t take into account the inconvenience to people in having their cars off the road for repairs.”

This is a ridiculous situation, the roads in East Sussex are verging on medieval. We need our roads to be replaced it is a waste of time just filling them only to have to fill them again after a downpour.

All recent governments seem to really know how to waste our tax pounds, common sense seems to be lacking among the people we elected to put things right, they must get away from this make do and mend attitude that has spilt over from world war 2 and get a grip. We hear our politicians talk about investment all the time, for god sake invest in our roads and stop wasting our tax pounds on this ridiculous merry go round of filling the same holes time and time again especially here in Hastings. And by the way lets have our white lines replaced some of our mini roundabout markings are completely worn out and are an accident waiting to happen.

Mobile use while driving

Why oh Why do some drivers still use mobile phones while driving. How on earth can you be in control of a vehicle when using a mobile, and texting. Show some common sense and pull up at the side of the road to use the phone. What gives them the right to put the rest of us in DANGER. Most drivers have children, spouse, siblings, how would they feel if a member of their family was killed as a result of a careless driver using a mobile phone.

Food for thought?

Lets hope so.

Teenage driver crash risks remain.

More than 200 teeenage car passengers were killed when a young driver was involved

in a crash in 2013 according to the latest figures.

In 2013, 234 teenage passengers were killed, more than four each week of the year and when casualties of all severities are included the annual figure rose to 2,144

or around 41 each week according to research by the RAC foundation.

The data also shows that of all teenage car passengers killed or seriously injured over this period:

– 45% were passengers in cars driven by 17 _ 19 year olds(1.5%

of all full license holders)

– 23% were passengers in cars driven by 20 _ 24 year olds (5.8%

of all full license holders)

_ 31% were passengers in cars driven by drivers aged 25 and over ( 92.6%

of all full license holders)

_ 1% were passengers in cars driven by drivers aged 16 and younger, drivers (17_19) make up only (1.5%) of full license holders , but they were involved in (12% ) of accidents where someone is killed or seriously hurt.

RAC foundation director Stephen Glaister said: the coalition government repeatedly promised to publish a green paper on young driver safety and repeatedly failed to do so. In the meantime young people have  continued to die on our roads. We would urge the new government to do what the the last one did not and debate the subject formally and publicly.

Middle aged and Older drivers

Middle aged and older drivers,

Have you had a near miss lately?

Do you feel confident and competent with your driving?

Ask yourself this question “Could my driving be improved”?
If you are honest with yourself the answer will
be yes it certainly could be improved.

It is well worth spending an hour or so with a
good instructor i will guarantee you will be shocked at the amount of learning that will take place.

Better still why not take an advanced course, this will really enhance your driving skills and keep you
and every one around you safe.

You will be trained to read the road and truly anticipate hazards,
this could also get you a discount on your insurance.

You may think you are safe but are you really SAFE?????

Would,nt it be nice to take pride in your driving again rather than it being a chore.
Take the opportunity to vastly improve your safety on the roads show your passengers that even if you are middle aged or an older driver you are proactive in keeping up to date with the ever changing road and traffic conditions call today.

You know it makes sense.

Choosing the right instructor

Choosing the right instructor is so important.
Learning to drive should be a very enjoyable experience, but it has to be realised that gaining the skills to be able to deal with any given situation on the roads today should be taken extremely seriously.

It is not good enough to be just able to pass a driving test , the test is not the be all and end all it is simply a doorway to being qualified to drive unsupervised.

All drivers young and old should be trained to the highest possible standard before they are allowed to take the test and then be allowed on our roads which are unsafe in themselves given the number of potholes, lack of white line replacements, dirty signage, signs covered by overgrown folage, the list goes on.

Young people make up 25% of of drivers in this country, yet are involved in 66% of crashes a lot of which are fatal, BEGGERS BELIEF in my view!!

Our roads are the third most dangerous in europe, we are behind Germany and Italy yes Italy, this is not something we should be proud of.

When choosing a driving instructor ask questions I.E. what is his or her grade, what is their pass mark, you need to know if you are going to get along with the instructor and is he going to give good value for money and is he going to teach you to be an extremely good and safe driver.

So you want to know how good he is and not how cheap he is, pay cheaply for lessons and you will get CHEAP LESSONS!!! that is unless you want to be counted among the equivilant to an airliner full of people killed every nine weeks or 2 airliners seriously injured on our roads every WEEK.

I have just had a call from a really nice chap i had taught to be a taxi driver, he recomended me to his girlfriend, to cut a long story short she went with a cheaper instructor.
He informed me she had 30 lessons and just failed her driving test miserably. I have agreed to put her driving right and get her to the safe standard that she should be at and take her for test when she is READY.

This situation is really common ,so why not learn from others mistakes before you waste your time and hard earned money.
Driving lessons advertised cheaply are nothing more than a con, remember the old saying”pay for it cheap, pay for it twice”.

You only want to do this ONCE so do it RIGHT call today you know it makes sense.

STOP PRESS!!!!!!!!!

Figures just released from The Department of Transport show that and i quote. Deaths on our roads in 2014 were up by 1% to 1,730 compared to 2013.
The number seriously injured was up by 4% to 24,360 compared with 2013. ( Stats obtained from Driving instructors association)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT?????? Think when choosing an instructor

(Statistics from the Driving Instructors Association.)