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Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Increasing the speed limit on rural roads
reduces the number of accidents

Increasing the speed limit on rural roads reduces the number of accidents

A traffic-safety experiment conducted by the Danish road directorate, Vejdirektoratet, is proving that increasing the speed limit on certain rural roads has reduced the number of traffic accidents, according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Two out of three traffic fatalities occur on country roads that normally permit speeds of 80 kilometres per hour. But since 2011, Vejdirektoratet has upped the limit to 90 km/hour on some stretches, which has resulted in fewer accidents due to a reduction in the difference between the cars obeying the speed limit and those exceeding it.

“If there is a large difference between speeds,then more people will attempt to overtake, so the more homogeneous we can get the speeds on the two-lane roads, the safer they will become,” Rene Juhl Hollen, a Vejdirektoratet spokesperson, said.

Accident statistics from Danmarks Statistik indicate that two-lane roads are overrepresented in serious accidents, and according to investigations by the accident commission, Havarikommissionen, speed is a contributing factor in half of all fatal accidents - two thirds of which occur on two-lane roads.

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Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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