Letters: Rachel Lawson, January 12, 2016

File photo dated 28/07/09 of an L plate on a car as teenagers face having to wait an extra year before being allowed to take a driving test under proposals being looked at by the Government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 11, 2013. Tighter rules aimed at cutting the number of accidents involving young motorists have been put forward that include only issuing probationary licences from the age of 18. See PA story POLITICS Drivers. Photo credit should read: PA Wire ENGEMN00120131110145154
File photo dated 28/07/09 of an L plate on a car as teenagers face having to wait an extra year before being allowed to take a driving test under proposals being looked at by the Government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 11, 2013. Tighter rules aimed at cutting the number of accidents involving young motorists have been put forward that include only issuing probationary licences from the age of 18. See PA story POLITICS Drivers. Photo credit should read: PA Wire ENGEMN00120131110145154

It is horrible to read of another road traffic collision on our local roads. My heart goes out to the families concerned.

I am not convinced, however, that the answer is to throw money at improvements to the road. Especially as those proposed by, amongst others, Henry Bellingham MP, are expected to cost over £1 million. A million would pay for a police officer to permanently sit on that junction for a whole 20 years.

The road isn’t the problem. We have developed a habit of improving roads to cope with our standard of driving when what we should be doing is requiring our standard of driving to match the road conditions.

By properly investing in improving driving standards in the whole of the UK and requiring people to prove that they are maintaining these standards will reduce collisions further. I believe we should invest in more police on the road and require all drivers to re-sit a driving test every five years. We should spend the money making this re-testing simple and free.

After passing my driving test in 1989, I had to take a theory test and multiple further driving tests to obtain my full motorcycle licence in 2013. I always thought I was a pretty good driver but I still discovered all the bad habits I had acquired. Driving is not a right; even in the countryside. If people cannot demonstrate they are safe, they shouldn’t be doing it. No excuses.

Rachel Lawson. King’s Lynn