I HAVE written before on the issues of resident roads, speed and parking highlighted by your esteemed publications, and one in particular is to do with the pedestrianised Station Road in Hayes.
We are a family new to this area, but there are 'rat-runs', speeding and people not properly observing stop signs, give way signs and roundabouts.
As victims of loss - our first son, Imran Sheikh, aged four and a half - we've campaigned at every opportunity for road safety and the imposing and enforcing of the law.
The powers that be need to be asked if, God forbid, they lost a child to a car accident, would they still do nothing?
Everyone must ask: 'What is the answer?' Let me give you some ideas that ordinary people have suggested. First of all, in Great Britain the space for people and cars is reducing daily. The many measures by authorities to 'calm traffic', eg bumps, narrowing lanes to slow and frustrate drivers, contradicts the word 'calming' as it is not an overall solution.
Drivers must be made to observe speed limits, for example 20mph in residential roads, and punished if they do not.
But there is no police enforcement, so starting with the Highway Code and new drivers, the main law change needs to be public right of way in all residential areas. That would slow everyone when getting into their car; they would have to let people on foot go before cars.
Next, in all built-up areas, side and residential roads, drivers must stop (not give way) at every junction.
That law change would be more acceptable than humps and bumps, and would also train us to stop at junctions. At every stop line, the driver arriving first would be allowed to proceed first, then the second, third, fourth and so on. Monied people with their sports cars can afford to pay and go speeding on race tracks.
We can all avoid making victims by 'slow and steady wins the race'.
M ASLAM SHEIKH
Maple Road Hayes