Driver error is the problem, not the road

Date: Monday 16th April 2018

Sir, How can the statement (Herald, 7th April) that drivers are “facing Russian roulette” on A66 be true?

I know the A66 bypass goes back into one lane each way just before Kirkby Thore. There are also very clear signs saying that the speed limit is 40mph. That speed limit is there for a reason: to slow the traffic to 40mph and make it more manageable at a potential dangerous place.

I live in Penrith and use the A66 on a weekly basis, so I know what I’m talking about.

There’s no such thing as a dangerous road. How often has one been seen to get up and harm/kill anybody? There are, however, dangerous drivers. Drivers kill/harm other road users, not roads.

To lessen the impact on others when there’s a collision, it’s called an accident. Genuine accidents are few and far between. It’s driver error, stupidity or arrogance which are the cause of “Russian roulette”. Not the road. Yours etc,

SHEILA M. ATHERTON

Penrith.