Road manners

PUBLISHED: 16:17 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010

SIR — I am increasingly amazed at the attitude of many drivers and while I have seen more examples of bad driving than I care to remember, I am appalled at the disregard of many drivers. Sandridgebury Lane is a case in point. Used as a rat run, very few d

SIR - I am increasingly amazed at the attitude of many drivers and while I have seen more examples of bad driving than I care to remember, I am appalled at the disregard of many drivers.

Sandridgebury Lane is a case in point. Used as a rat run, very few drivers seem to acknowledge the 15mph and horse signs that are clearly marked either side of Sandridgebury Stables. These signs are there for a reason, both for the drivers' safety and the safety of horses and their riders - yet how many people slow down?

The livery yard there has done everything in its power to inform drivers of the hazards but who will it be that the drivers will blame should there be an accident? Yes, the riders. With the nights now drawing in at 4pm, the likelihood of an accident is even higher and despite the riders wearing fluorescent clothing and torches, many drivers are still oblivious to the dangers and insist on driving at speed.

I have been present when my 12-year-old has asked drivers to slow only to be greeted with abusive words and gestures. She is a child, as are many who ride at Sandridgebury, and it is deplorable to behave in this way just because drivers may consider that the 15mph limit is unacceptable.

Take time to think. What if it was your child who was looking after their pony or participating in a hobby or just simply minding their own business? Would you want your child subjected to foul language and behaviour? I don't and there is no cause for it. What happened to a bit of old-fashioned politeness and consideration for other road users?

It should be borne in mind that while this area comes within the environs of St Albans, it is still a country road where tractors and horses have just as much right to the road, if not more so, than the cars. Why do drivers insist on thinking they are king of the road? These drivers might be late for work or, as we all seem to be, in a rush but that does not mean drivers should indulge firstly in bad behaviour and secondly in what is tantamount to dangerous driving.

Please observe the signs. They are there for everyone's safety. All it takes is one accident. If you hit a horse, your car will most certainly be a write off - but that's nothing compared to your conscience when you have killed a horse or a child.

TRACEY WILLIAMS,

Sheppards Close, St Albans.

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