Friday, 16 July 2010
On the A21, a few miles from here, is a particularly nasty bit of road which was turned into a dual carriageway back in the sixties. The main reason for this was mired up in the usual blundering bureaucracy concerning arterial routes to seaside towns - and in the case of dear old Hastings, the political strangling of a once-pleasant place.
This piece of road was originally designed to sort out the traffic which had built up in the other bottle-necks from both north and south, but has now been reduced back to single tracks both ways to stop drivers hurtling along, overtaking late, cutting in, listening to rubbishy music on noisy speakers, etc etc.
Just recently, the Highways Agency installed an electronic warning sign on one side, which quotes things like 'Keep your distance', 'Slow down', and also, when the Hastings Bike Festival is on, 'Think bike'.
This last one is always going to cause an argument, isn't it, so for the benefit of both sides, the picture above puts it in perspective. Who's to blame?
The Honda rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph. (not on the A21 I can add). The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The rider's reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.
The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place.
All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly.