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  1. Speed cameras are long overdue. The RPU is very small and can't be everywhere, and are busy enough dealing with the 1000 RTC's per year. I know many years ago one was trialled and proved unpopular to say the least, but that was a long time ago.
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    Mountain Watch

    I think they are. Or at least, more drivers are going too fast. It's not just the odd boy racer dickhead now - it's all sorts of people; Mums in Range Rovers, Athol Street types, builders in vans, all sorts, going far far too fast. Speeds that would attract the attention of the police on a motorway are commonplace on our country roads. It's not just the mountain. Gansey/Fishers Hill, Poortown, Cronk-y-Voddy, Ballamodha. I'm amazed at some of our roads that have no limit at all. Many of the roads around the north have no limit, despite being lined with houses, farms, junctions etc. There's a section between lower Foxdale and The Hope that has no limit. The houses all have mirrors opposite their driveways. It must be a nightmare getting out of their own house. There's a blind dip too. So much for the "evidence based approach".
  4. Being near a school is handy, but which one doesn't really matter that much, they're all OK. The Island is a great place to bring up a family. Sure, it has it's limitations, but the quality of life here more than makes up for it. Lots of people here get involved in things - community stuff, sport, theatre, music etc. And that's the key really, particularly with teenagers. There's loads of stuff going on for such a small population. Unless you're the most cosmopolitan urbanite, then you'll get on just fine. https://www.locate.im/
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    Totally agree. I don't buy the "It'll ruin the TT" argument at all. I've been a motorcyclist for 30 years. I've been to WSB, NW200 etc. At no point have I ever heard anyone say "I really fancy going to the NW,/motogp etc but there's speed limits so I won't bother". If there are a small number who will stop coming to the IOM because we clamp down on road safety, then surely that's a good thing? We don't want nutters here driving like twats. And as the island is full each year, their place will be taken by others, who hopefully want to live to come back next year. There are popular sporting events that attract large numbers of visitors the world over. Nowhere else would accept our road casualties as "just how it is". I don't think the TT in some way makes us a special case, as it says in the road safety strategy. Visitors should be expected to drive with the same care as always. The problem with having no speed limit at all, is that it removes a handy tool for prosecution. If somebody is driving far too fast for the road, the police have nothing to get them with, as technically they're not breaking the law. They can't bring it to court, as it's too subjective, whereas, if there's say, a 40 limit, and someone is doing 90, it's clear cut. Licence removed.
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    Not specifically, but the increase in May and June is noticeable. 2013-17, of the 246 KSI's, 116 were in May and June. There are significantly more collisions, and as those collisions involve motorcycles (where the rider is more vulnerable than a driver in a metal box) the rate of KSI's is very high. So, of the 71 KSI's in June, 60 were motorcycles. So yes, the TT has a significant impact, but there's still a lot of collisions all year round. 7 fatalities per year on average (2015-17), 58 seriously injured. Every week someone is seriously injured on our roads, on average. Pretty shocking really.
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    Yes, I've found a table in the road safety strategy document - from 1998-2017 there were 19,502 over that 20 years noted by police. so, averaging just under 1000 RTC's per year. Of those nearly 20,000 collisions, just under 5000 slight injuries, 1243 collisions resulting in serious injury to at least one person involved, and 156 collisions resulting in 1 or more fatalities.
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    Mountain Watch

    I think the 700 was 9 months, not a full year. It was July-March, or something similar.
  9. 20mph in urban residential areas has been in place in other areas for some time now. https://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b4469.full?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=36c38486a34fdb630e2e698068d664dd469b4b4a-1595788167-0-ARwKMYF2NUuCa0_biahMc6DvmEkUVMetXYA_jC-_vMiQYVmp-NzofVbwYhciCU975LBJd3GuVH1XD_sbeuLfJj-itGditVSK4fQNZKvDMUCIanD1LfBAUqPe99kwIQJQETsjncKmFklKKvG_og6kKJ4UPNRELOyQqW_ta2OtsmQM4p6ApdpbxOd-Ae8B_aLCmTL5O5tNs6Eo8HKrPP7-coHRTl07G3E3GQzv-fOklxHzp5gLy5HeZeQypNiUY9v76Xz1-jIDTc24scAW97j9fChxxR22A_Zrq_xSncCAztr0lDn1oXYcNRopW36Wxoz2Tg
  10. Why are they wasting time looking at this, when there's a massive road safety elephant in the room? Cycle helmets are great if the cyclists falls off - but not much help in a collision with a car. Our road safety record is woeful. Making the very few cyclists who don't already wear helmets wear one is not going to make a dent in the 1000 RTC's per year. There is some research by Bath University that suggests drivers give less room to cyclists wearing helmets. The theory is that drivers assume a rider with "all the gear" is experienced, so they can pass closer than they would to an inexperienced rider, with obvious consequences. This hit and run driver has not been found: https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/police-appeal-after-rtc-involving-a-cyclist/
  11. Totally agree Derek, this is not a matter for referendum - they just need to get on with it. It's been well evidenced that our roads are not as safe as they could be. Sometimes governments need to do stuff for the pubic good, even when it's not popular. The last few months were an extreme example of that.
  12. I don't follow the reasoning "The hospital isn't busy anymore, so we can go back to no speed limit". If we need hospital capacity for unrestricted roads, then surely we shouldn't have unrestricted roads? The 40 limit was brought in to reduce admissions to the hospital, in particular ICU. This is reasonable, as we have accidents on our roads every single day, and the number of serious ones is twice the rate of the UK. But, having admitted that our unrestricted roads cause work for the hospital and regular ICU admissions, how can we possibly go back? There is only one genuine honest reason for people to want unrestricted roads - that is "I like to drive at inappropriate speed on open public roads, and don't want that freedom taken away". All that other stuff people say about "it's not speed, it's bad driving", "It'll kill the TT" etc is all just smoke screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm a motorcyclist myself, with 30 years experience. I like to open it up, and have done. It doesn't make it right though. There is no case for totally unrestricted roads. I think the 40 is a bit low for a permanent all-island speed limit, 50 would be better. 60 is too high for most of our roads - that's almost motorway speed, and we don't have any motorways.
  13. It might be that the public sector are more likely to be key workers, providing vital public services, who have worked right through the whole lockdown, so their jobs/ pay has not been affected.
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    Spewing Juan

    I'm a Rushen resident, and I certainly won't be voting for either Juan or Laurence come election time.
  15. Yes, I'm aware of people working very hard indeed processing all the COVID claims and extra benefits, on top of all the usual pensions etc. And they're not the mega-bucks senior staff either. These people won't be getting any thanks or radio shout-outs. More broadly, an awful lot of people have been working right through this whole thing. The water is still on, the bins are getting collected, the shit still goes to Meary Veg, the post is delivered, the power on, the internet is on, benefits are paid, the harbour and airport are still moving stuff, people are still in prison, teachers are looking after the children of key workers and emailing lessons. This idea that all our public servants, (apart from nurses), are sat on their arses raking in the cash, counting their pension, is frankly utter shite.
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