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M5 The amateurs line up to give 'expert' advice through the media.
Drivers' Group slams amateurs who pose as road safety & driving experts in the media. 'In a life & death issue, is it wise for media to just approach commentators for reasons of their title only? This is highly dangerous' says Drivers' Protest Union.
They say that the recent M5 tragedy is the latest example of this. 'One individual was boasting on twitter how much media demand there was for his comment. Sky News even referred to these people as "experts". Doesn't anyone in the media actually check the CV of these contributors in the rush to get faces in front of cameras and mikes?' The group asks.
They point out that one of these people is trotted out regularly for simply heading a driving organisation but that doesn't mean that he has any special expertise in road safety at all.
D.P.U.Says: 'In some cases these organisations do have a financial vested interest and others often disguised as charities, represent and promote or succour companies who profit from flawed road safety too. And all this is at the expense of drivers and true road safety'
Keith Peat, an ex police officer explains 'When so many can dabble in road safety, not only does this literally cause casualties because good cheap policy isn't considered but drivers suffer from false prosecution and they pay for it all too'
The D.P.U. says: 'We don't mind who is talking sense to the media but at the very least their comments should be in accord with experts if their personal CV does not qualify them to form an opinion on this serious matter. We heard blatant use of the M5 victims, whilst they were still in the vehicles, to advance the dogma of so called Road Safety Charities for their own agendas and the media allowed it'
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The Drivers' Protest Union (D.P.U.) A road safety and driving group who's aims are to promote genuine and effective road safety, protect the driver from exploitation, unfair or unnecessary prosecution, unfair taxation and unnecessary speed restriction.