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02 October 2006

Test crash demonstrates how innovative technology can save lives

The passive revolution’s test crash demonstration, held on 28th September at Bentwater Parks in Suffolk, successfully demonstrated how innovative crash-friendly road side furniture (signs, gantries and lighting columns) is helping to save drivers’ lives.

The demonstration, sponsored by InterRoute – the Mott MacDonald and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services (formerly RCS) Joint Venture – included a remotely controlled car crashing into a traditional road signpost at 60mph and a car driven by a stunt professional at 60mph into a new-technology Lattix sign-post. The vehicle driven into the traditional signpost was a complete write off but the vehicle driven into a Lattix sign-post was still in a safe condition and the stunt driver walked away unscathed. The demonstration will be aired on Channel 5’s Fifth Gear programme this winter.

Andy Pledge, Managing Director of the Passive Revolution and traffic management consultant for Mott MacDonald said, "The Passive Revolution was set-up to promote safer roads. And this is part of our on-going commitment to demonstrate the impact of “safer” road-side furniture and raise awareness of what we’re all about. One year-on from the first crash test we had filmed by Channel 5, much progress has been made largely through excellent support from the Highways Agency but there’s still more that can be done to make Britain’s roads safer.”

The demonstration was attended by transport experts responsible for England’s motorways as well as a representative from Transport Scotland, the newly formed agency of the Scottish Executive which is responsible for the management and maintenance of Scotland's Trunk Roads. George Henry stated Transport Scotland has committed £1 million from its Strategic Road Safety Programme to deliver “crash friendly” roadside improvements. England’s Highways Agency has introduced guidance to ensure that “crash friendly” roadside furniture is installed as older equipment is replaced.

Andy Pledge further explained, “Responsible driving such as being respectful of other drivers and taking regular breaks is obviously very important to road safety but supporters of the Passive Revolution recognise that sometimes drivers will come off the road at speed whether due to a problem with their vehicle, tiredness, the behaviour of other drivers or even illness of the driver and in these cases it’s really important that there’s crash friendly roadside furniture so that drivers and passengers are not killed.”


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