Speed kills, not fireworks

Missive to The Independent after a rugby club is under investigation and the subject of feverish media speculation for setting off fireworks on bonfire night in what seems like a mini version of “Hillsborough Denial” –


I am not entirely sure why there is so much fuss being made over the rugby club firework display in relation to the M5 pile-up. The key factor in pretty much all crashes is a combination of excessive speed and insufficient gap between vehicles for the road conditions. It was foggy and damp and people were not driving appropriately for this.

It is very sad about the deaths and injuries, but the primary responsibility for events like this lies with the drivers.

Paul Harper