reohn2 wrote:No,again you miss the point entirely!
It was obscene in the Rhyl case that someone who drove a motorvehicle at the permited 50mph speed limit on an ice covered road that was signed as such,with three defective tyres,only to be excused of his abhorant deed and insult added to the families of the deceased and injured,when he was convicted of three defective tyres,which IIRC were deemed by the "judge" not to have had any influence on the crash!!!!!!!!!,fined less than £200 plus points and allowed to drive home from the courts of "justice".
Is that any clearer?
You seem to miss a few points yourself. This incident occurred at 10am on what was described as a fine day. The police will have had a top 'accident' investigator assess the situation and their opinion was that excessive speed was not an issue either on the road or because of the conditions. ad you may accept (but probably won't) that these investigators are damned good. Tread on road tyres is there for one purpose only, and that is to disperse water (and some debris). On a dry road a slick tyre will give the best possible grip. On black ice there will be no significant difference at all between bald tyres and brand new ones freshly scrubbed in. Speed was not an issue. The bald tyres did not contribute in any way to the collision. The driver got what is the standard punishment for three bald tyres. A punishment that in itself and regardless of circumstances I regard as inadequate but that is a separate issue.
The incident itself was tragic, it goes without saying, but any driver on that road at that time could have experienced exactly the same result. It was one of those very rare traffic collisions that was actually an accident. The only way of ensuring such a thing can never happen again is to close the road off completely whenever the temperature is likely to fall below a certain point. Or perhaps have a man with a red flag walking in front of each vehicle as it proceeds. To describe the driver's actions as 'abhorrent' implies deliberation on his part. There is no evidence for this that I am aware of.