Listening to Norman Baker on the news last night trying to justify increasing the number of people killed and injured on our roads left me feeling thoroughly sickened.
Every six and a half weeks on our roads around 322 people are killed, about the same number as the total UK military casualties in Afghanistan from 2001 to date. The UK has its own Afghanistan 8 time each year, except this death toll includes 120 children.
But in the name of personal freedom and in the name of unnecessary cuts, the ConDems are happy to see more people being killed and injured and more families plunged into a lifetime of grief.
Speeding is a crime that kills people. Cars are the most lethal and widely deployed weapons in the UK. The government must be no let up on road safety measures and indeed it must be harder on criminals - those people who break speed limits. The government and police should be cracking down on speeding drivers, it should be treated with the seriousness of drink driving and it should become just as socially unacceptable. It is time to get these criminals off our roads.
Sadly Mr Baker must think it acceptable to increase the number of children killed on our roads. He should be ashamed of himself.