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The RoadSupervisor's Philosophy.
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This is just a brief article to explain the basic thinking behind the RoadSupervisor system.  Most importantly... the only thing we are saying is that people should be given a voice... rather than have huge changes imposed on them by the State against the will of the majority: [i.e. 1.8 million people sign a petition to say they are against Road Pricing... and are then simply ignored.]
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On the issue of Road Safety... if you want to see a really significant improvement then some aspect of the system will have to undergo a fundamental change... it is not possible to really improve things by just making a few small changes.  So, the question is... what changes do people want to see? what are they prepared to live with? do they want more Police patrols? more Speed Cameras? heavier Fines? the State taking control of their vehicles with Satellites?
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Our basic thinking is that experienced drivers are a great asset... and they should work in cooperation with the Police to target dangerous and illegal drivers.  One system has been outlined throughout this website which empowers drivers by utilising the power of the Internet... just to show how such a system might work... and the strategies that could be used.  But the bottom line is... if this was a system that people did not want... then they should be quite entitled to reject it.  The only thing we would say is... keep an open mind... then form an opinion.
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This is actually quite a big ask... because a lot of people simply read one page and then form an opinion... saying something like... "this is Big Brother gone mad"... this is what the Nazis? Fascists? Communists? Stazi? tried to do.  Which is a bit of a strange reaction because this is the exact opposite of those things.  "Big Brother" is a scenario [we are already heading for in Britain] where various instruments of "the State" ends up watching your every movement... and people are afraid to express any opinions that the State might find unacceptable... and the ordinary citizen becomes absolutely powerless.
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Under this type of system... as many people as possible would be given a small amount of power... and the role of the State should be limited.  As a driver... the people you would be accountable too... would be those people you were sharing the road with... rather than a load of Cameras.  That basic concept may sound a bit daunting... but it would not be a situation were everyone was being reported for every tiny infraction of every rule.  The vast majority of drivers would rarely be reported for anything... and any half decent driver would never have to worry about losing their licence.  On the contrary... it should make it easier for drivers to go out and enjoy driving on the open roads.
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Another comment has been that this would be an invasion of people's privacy.  Our reaction to that is... what happens behind closed doors between consenting adults may be considered "private"... but what they do on the M25 during the rush-hour cannot possibly be considered "private"... because everyone can see them!  If a driver is creating a danger for those who are in close proximity... it is their legitimate business.  No one should have to wait until after some maniac has put them in a wheelchair before they are entitled to complain about it.
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Some people seem to think that if we are in favour of better road safety: [which we are] then we should support the increasing use of speed cameras: [which we don't.]  There are a couple of long articles on speed cameras which explain our position on this issue... but basically, they are worse than useless... they catch out anyone and everyone: [except illegal drivers who don't register their vehicles.]  The Police are more than happy to prosecute anyone for technical breaches of the rules regardless of whether it is dangerous or not... but complain when people try to defend themselves against these prosecutions when the Police infringe the rules they are supposed to abide by.  [See: Legal Tips... and Template Letters.]
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It is our opinion that the Police are spending too much time going for easy targets... rather than concentrating on dangerous and illegal drivers.  That everyone is entitled to defend themselves... and if they can do it without paying a small fortune to a Lawyer... then so much the better.  In a similar vein... traffic wardens are no longer performing the valuable service of keeping the roads flowing by controlling illegal parkers... they are simply raising easy revenue for councils and frequently breaking rules in the process.  It is our opinion that in all these issues the general law-abiding majority should not be supporting the Government, the Police or the Local Authorities... they are all doing a really crap job!
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We do not agree with the existing trend whereby an ever more powerful State simply uses technology as a way of monitoring, controlling and punishing more and more people: [which does not mean that we do not think that it should be used at all.]  We believe that technology should be used to empower people whenever possible... and we believe in promoting the concept of personal responsibility.  Anyone that uses the roads are at some risk of being involved in an accident... this cannot be eliminated entirely.  But, if it is your priority to be as safe as possible... then you can do far more for yourself than the government can ever do for you.
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As an example... when the State says that it is going to introduce a tough new system for learner drivers... and this could save up to 100 lives per year: [1,000 Killed and Seriously Injured] then statistically, the Government would reduce each individual's chance of becoming a random fatality by a whopping 0.0000017%: [100 divided by 60million pop.]  As a new driver... the Government might be able to reduce your risks by as much as 0.1%... while you have the ability to become a low-risk driver rather than a high-risk driver and in the process reduce your own risks by as much as 1000%... depending on... what you drive, the way you drive... and who you allow to drive you.  [See website "Silence Kills"]
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Statistically, the person who is most likely to turn you into a KSI Stat, is you... and those who are closest to you.  Of course the Government has a vital role to play in creating a safer environment... but when it comes to your own personal safety... there is no point looking to the Government to do something for you which you can do much better for yourself.
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