Do “Celebrities” live in a different world?

Brian Mcfadden, ex-member of boyband Westlife, has been fined for speeding. After the court hearing he said “I can’t believe I have got a six-month ban and a £453 fine for doing 39mph.” He complained in a tweet that his punishment was too severe in comparison to that handed out to a drink driver, which could be true – but two wrongs don’t make a right, as they say.

What he failed to point out initially was that this is his fourth penalty for speeding. but then tweeted:

Some people obviously never learn. But there has been a big response on Twitter from people trying to educate him about the dangers of speeding although I don’t think that he appreciates the advice

David Beckham has also been summonsed for speeding (in a borrowed Bentley apparently) but he has employed a lawyer,  known as Mr Loophole, to fight his case. He has accepted that he broke the speed limit but is challenging the case on a technicality. He is claiming that the legal notice informing him of the charge arrived too late and therefore was not valid. Mr Beckham was clocked driving at 59mph in a 40mph zone.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/04/david-beckham-employs-mr-loophole-fight-speeding-charge/

An interesting moral position.

Speed – it’s 30 for a reason

A third of deaths on the road are caused in part by excessive speed. It is very simple – the greater the speed at impact, the more damage you will do; to yourself, your vehicle and others. Through reducing your speed by 1 mph, the likelihood of you being involved in a serious crash falls by 5%.  When the unexpected occurs, a slower speed gives you a couple of extra moments to avoid or lessen the impact. Driving at or below the speed limit helps to protect yourself and other road users.
http://www.saferroads.org/advice/drivers/speed/

According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents:

Hit by a car at 40 mph, nine out of ten pedestrians will be killed.

Hit by a car at 30 mph, about half of pedestrians will be killed.

Hit by a car at 20 mph, nine out of ten pedestrians will survive.

 

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