Okay, 2 per year isn’t a big number, but these are people injured, not just a bit of bent metalwork on a car. More accurately, the SIC report gave the numbers as 22 injury accidents in 14 years, so while that isn’t quite 2 per year, I cannot think of a word better than regular when it keeps repeating year after year after year.
More importantly, what is an acceptable number of people being injured for the Council to say fine, we will just ignore it? Out in other parts of Shetland it only needs to be “an accident waiting to happen” (i.e. no accidents have occurred) to bring on demands for million-pound road improvements.
how many of the 22 injury accidents in 14 years were the fault of a driver the fault of a pedestrian or the fault of the highway and associated facilities?
how will these current every other town thats anything have some so we need them too so called improvements assist in reducing the accident statistics - primarily on account of the only time anybody ever managed to go faster than these measures will slow traffic to could only manage it when there was nothing else to hit?
the stretch of road concerned almost certainly encompasses the highest ratio probably by some margin of traffic numbers/pedestrian numbers/pedestrian road crossers in shetland - iow its as congested as hell made doubly so by endless additions on silly little pointless kerbs and wavy pavements over the last 25 years a fact by default of which it is almost inevitably going to rank top of the accident table
there is an equal an opposite argument that it is an issue caused not by speed carelessness etc but one caused by sheer volume and rather than lessen it the slowing down any contributor is only going to exacerbate it and measures to speed up pass through times should be employed instead to decrease the volume involved at any given moment in time
then the increasing of response times by emergency vehicles to incidents due to they having to negotiate these obstacles and in the case of ambulances the potential to exacerbate an onboard patients condition is a whole other debate in itself
as are the increases in pollution from vehicles taking longer to traverse the same distance and from more and harder acclelerations
Ian_H would you care to confirm that the opinions you have offered above are your personal ones only and not simply a case of echoing the party line regardless of your personal pov on account of current/previous professional involvement in the project