And driver still used his mobile phone

IT’S 2pm on a Thursday as I write this and much like any other beautiful day in the UK, some six people will be killed on our roads.

A cyclist descends towards a pub between Horwich and Bolton on his return journey from Leyland to his home in Greater Manchester.

Only five days earlier the pub’s customers were witness to the scene of a crash which saw one dead and seven badly injured.

The floral tributes marking the spot are all too apparent.

As the cyclist approaches the pub, a white transit van appears from the road to his left. The cyclist slows and looks to make eye contact with the driver. He’s looking for some reassurance that it’s safe to proceed.

He makes eye contact, but the driver’s on his mobile phone. The cyclist is troubled and chooses not to proceed, but rather pulls up and speaks to the driver:

“Do you know there was a fatal crash here earlier this week”.

“Yes”, says the driver.

“So why are you driving and talking on your mobile phone.

“You could kill someone”.

The cyclist is subjected to some verbal abuse and threats which could be described as X-rated. With such a lack of concern for road safety, and clearly with an intolerant and violent nature, how dangerous is this driver?

How many of these plague our roads? How many more people must suffer before they see sense?

Allan Ramsay, RoadPeace, via e-mail

Help the Guide Dogs on 80th

GUIDE Dogs is 80 this year and we are inviting individuals, schools, businesses and community groups to help us celebrate by holding fund-raising events.

Help us give blind and partially-sighted people the next best thing to vision – a guide dog.

There are lots of fun-filled ways you can help us celebrate from coffee mornings to sponsored walks. For ideas on how to get involved log on to or ring 0118 983 5555.

Lisa Knight, Fund-raising manager

Leave the older drinkers alone

THERE are compensations, of course, grandchildren, not having to get up early for work and not being bullied into doing things one doesn’t want to do.

Oh just hang on a minute, I’d forgotten about the all-pervasive nanny state which we now inhabit.

And the latest directive for the over-65s: drink no more than half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine a day.

If pensioners want to sit at home having a couple of tots or cans or even drink themselves under their table, that’s up to them.

And going to the pub to see friends and have a couple of pints, heck even three or four, is one of the few pleasures that many pensioners look forward to.

Being sociable is recommended for mental well-being and someone who has made it to their mid-60s and beyond is more than entitled to enjoy themselves how they want, be it with a cup of tea or a glass of bitter. They have seen enough of their freedoms eroded over their lifetime without redress.

Leave them alone to enjoy themselves as they choose while they still can.

Paul Nutter, North West MEP, UK Independence Party


We’re having to slug it out

THE letter about the hedgehog keeping a garden free from slugs rang a chord with me.

We had one last year, but none this year, so we’ve had to put down slug pellets.

This isn’t very “green” but there’s no real alternative without our prickly pal.

Keen Gardener (address supplied)