I have written a complaint which follows:
I am writing to let you know that I am really amazed at the single sided
approach you have displayed by creating a game where children have
accident on a PEDESTRIAN CROSSING if not wearing enough hi-viz gear. I
always thought that it's the motorists who are to blame, and who should
slow down and pay more attention and not the children who get hit while
safely crossing the road. What you imply by this game is that we all
should be in a car or else we risk being injured. The game also implies
that people who drive a car have little or no responsibility for it -
oh, they haven't seen the kid - it must have been the lack of hi-viz. I
am really displeased with that.
Instead of making people who drive more aware, lower the speed limits,
put speed cameras, and what's most important enforce the law you focus
on children who don't have enough yellow reflective stuff on them.
Driving a car is a privilege not a right - people shouldn't be made to
think they should adjust their livestyles so that others can drive in a
This is the reply I got:
"Apologies it has taken a while to get back to you on this. Our response to queries received on the Be Bright, Be Seen game is below. Please let me know if you have any other questions or if you would like further information on the research and evaluation findings used to develop and refine the campaign.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:
“This game is part of a range of educational materials designed to give children the skills they need to stay safe on the roads as they become more independent.
“By explaining the consequences of different behaviour, we are not attributing the blame for accidents to any particular road user. I am clear that everyone on the road has a role to play in creating a safe environment whether they are driving, riding, cycling or walking.”
To see all road safety campaigns from THINK!, including for car drivers (about speeding, seat belt wearing, drink & drug driving etc), motorcyclists, pedestrians and vulnerable / young road users, please visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/think/."
I still think that the responsibility for the safety of vulnerable road users should lay in the hands of people who drive, not the other way round. If it's dark and you are approaching a crossing - slow down to crawl if you need to - better that than to kill a person. Or maybe I am totally wrong.