Foggy mornings bring out stupidity

WHAT is it about foggy mornings that brings out the stupidity in some drivers?Mornings are now light for most people's drive into work - but on days like today there is the real hazard of mist and fog which can be very dangerous.

WHAT is it about foggy mornings that brings out the stupidity in some drivers?

Mornings are now light for most people's drive into work - but on days like today there is the real hazard of mist and fog which can be very dangerous.

The fog is not uniform. The roads can be clear one minute and covered by mist the next - in short they can be treacherous and it is vital drivers take every precaution.

Key to safe driving in these conditions is to put your lights on if driving in such conditions - it makes life much safer for you and safer too for other road users.


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That is why The Evening Star launched its Light up, Belt up, Shut up campaign - to hammer home the message that simple road safety laws can save lives.

There is no reason not to switch lights on if there is even a hint of fog or mist. The amount of extra fuel they require is tiny - anyone so desperate to save a penny or two every month is probably not really in the right frame of mind to drive anyway!

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Mornings are getting brighter - a sure sign that spring is on the way - but this is a time of the year when fog is not an uncommon hazard.

Everyone who takes to the road should be aware of that, and make every effort to see and, more importantly, be seen if there is any risk of fog or mist.

WEEKEND trouble between Watford and Ipswich fans shows that the dark side of the game still exists - even though the sport itself has cleaned up its act over the last two decades.

Of course it was only a tiny minority of fans who were involved in any trouble at all on Saturday afternoon.

But even those who hurried past to get to their cars, buses, or to walk home spoke of an “unpleasant” atmosphere at the end of the game.

Of course for Town fans this unpleasantness might not be unrelated to the fact that this was the first home league defeat in almost a year - leaving with such a feeling of disappointment is not something they are used to.

What is encouraging is that the police and football clubs are working together to identify and deal with those responsible for this unpleasantness.

Hopefully this swift action will deter any future trouble - but the authorities need to be aware that football matches can be very emotional and when emotions are raised the ugly side of the game might not be far under the surface.

PEOPLE living in the Trimleys have become used to their twin villages coming under threat from developers over the last few years.

But hopefully their voices will now be heard by planning mandarins at the government's offices many miles away in Cambridge.

Planners may have degrees and professional qualifications - but the fact is that no one knows what is best for communities better than those who actually live there.

It is time for the experts from afar to listen to the people of Trimley and Felixstowe - and allow the communities to expand in the best way for the people who actually live there.

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