Sunday, January 08, 2006

Tragic Accident

I feel stupid for even thinking my problems were an issue.

Four people were killed today, including a 14-year-old lad, when a driver lost control of their car and ploughed into a group of 12 cyclists from Rhyl Cycling Club on the iced-up A547 near Abergele in North Wales.

This will, no doubt, raise many fresh issues on the matter.

The police have said: "The driver has lost control because of the ice on the road. There is no indication to suggest that this is down to something like excessive speed… …there is nothing to suggest the driver did anything but lose control and on the face of it this seems to be a terrible accident."

Offering opinion on this I am compelled to say, despite this driver not being thought to be speeding and having “lost control because of the ice on the road” (skidded on black ice), that if you’re driving too fast for the road conditions then you’re speeding – no matter how fast or how slow you’re travelling – and if you can’t judge the road conditions then you shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a moving vehicle on a public highway. Period.

This is an incredibly sobering catastrophe. My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved.

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