Last time I wrote about this subject, a whole bunch of people got offended. Apparently, it’s not fair to make sweeping generalisations.
So I won’t be mentioning that BMW drivers are top the the ranking for abusing and misusing their car horns.
Nor will I be singling out Diane Greenwood from Cleveleys, Lancashire. She’s certain that the proposed 20mph blanket speed limit in her town will damage her BMW 320d. Apparently, driving it in third gear at such low speeds will put too much strain on the engine, increase fuel consumption, and harm the environment.
She plans to sue her local council for this totally unnecessary restriction on her liberty, which could probably be seen as the thin end of the wedge. I’m serious – next they’ll want people so stop driving their cars on the pavement:
As Diane says, “I’ve been driving around this area for 30 years and seen speeds get slower and slower, and no-one’s been run over in that time.”
You can see from this page analysing deaths on British Roads that there have been hardly any fatalities in Diane Greenwood’s native Cleveleys:
Just four people killed in 2008 within the kind of distance that Diane probably drives her BMW when she’s “on short journeys around her home town”. Oh, and three in 2007; NONE in 2006; five in 2005; one in 2004; three in 2003; four in 2002; two in 2001; one in 2000; and two in 1999.
So that’s just twenty three people killed on Diane Greenwood’s local roads. It’s no wonder she sees no reason to slow down.