PUBLISHED: 11:31 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 06 May 2010
SIR — Can I through your pages offer my congratulations to the spineless coward who hit my parked grey Peugeot on Friday night at the top of Camp Road, St Albans. You must be very proud of yourself, smashing my wing mirror and scratching the paintwork. As
SIR - Can I through your pages offer my congratulations to the spineless coward who hit my parked grey Peugeot on Friday night at the top of Camp Road, St Albans. You must be very proud of yourself, smashing my wing mirror and scratching the paintwork.
As you can imagine, I was delighted when I saw it the next day and look forward to paying the bill for your actions. But you scuttled off like the thief in the night you are. A plague on your house. I took some consolation from the broken glass which came from your car. You must be very brave drawing some negative karma on yourself in the current economic climate.
St Albans must be the most dishonest town in England. It should change its name to plain old "Albans" because saints are thin on the ground. This is the third wing mirror I've lost and as yet no one has had the honesty to stop their car and pay for the damage.
I don't know what it is about minor road accidents that make normally law-abiding people behave like criminals by driving away. I wouldn't mind but my mirror was folded in! Alas it made no difference to the inebriated or just incompetent idiot who still managed to hit it.
Someone told me to ring the police - how I laughed. A couple of years ago I gave the police the full registration details of a car that hit me and never heard from them again. If Herts Police want to start recouping the £3 million of taxpayers money they lost in Icelandic banks they could do worse than sitting at the top of Camp Road for a few hours. The "No Right Turn" at the top of the road is ignored by all, as is the "No Entry" to Cecil Road. Many others are breaking the speed limit.
I'm presuming, based on the number using my car as a crash barrier, that some are driving dangerously. There are various ineffective "traffic-calming" measures in place. The road is littered with speed bumps that wouldn't trouble a child on a tricycle. The road isn't wide enough for two cars to pass simultaneously so many impatient drivers (including buses) take to the footpath.
I think they should make the top stretch one way northbound as there are at least three other options for those wishing to go down Camp Road - Albion, Cavendish and Breakspear Roads.
The footpath resembles the peleton of the Tour de France. One of my three wing mirrors was lost on the footpath side. I suspected one of my two-wheeled friends was responsible. That said, I understand why they are too terrified to use the road.
Camp Road, St Albans.