Road Safety Issues – The Usual Suspects


In their journeys all over the united states undertaking a national audit, road safety officers have found that it’s usually precisely the same problems that crop up again and again. So it’s exceedingly proper to emphasize a few of these highway security ailments that are common so that you can generate greater knowledge of the security problems that are reoccurring in the building sector among those professionals.

10 Common Road Security Issues have been identified by the UK auditors:

  • Badly designed or nonexistent tactile paving
  • Hidden signage (eg. By alternative indications or trees)
  • Badly sited street furniture including bollards
  • Insufficient guard railing
  • Road signage that is insufficient
  • Insufficient road markings
  • Insufficient anti-skid
  • Deficiency of dropped kerbs for wheelchair users and pedestrians

Obviously there are a number of other problems, but all these would be the primary ones. It’s worth remembering, that the road safety audit’s purpose would be to check the scheme layout has completely dealt with not the primary ones and all the security problems. It’s feasible to minimise how many injuries in addition to the harshness of the injuries on public highways by being comprehensive. It’s to customer and the scheme designer to reply suitably to the audit recommendations. As a result the designer is going to have clear and objective perspective of dilemmas and the major issues which were raised in the audit.

It’s common for many stakeholders to anticipate that the auditor is bringing comprehension of security problems and the most recent knowledge to the highway development job. When the do not then, scenarios such as security, pedestrian amenity and inferior streetscape quality and give rise to decreased safety amounts. These scenarios can appear in the event the team haven’t completely understood the goals of the development scheme or when the road security audit team never have kept up to date with all the most recent research and procedures regarding road security. These days many customer organisations require that highway security auditors keep completely updated by attending appropriate seminars and keeping a plan.

Harry Hawkins
Author of BBC iPlayer USA

Greed, Materialism and TV ADs


For any parent of finite means the feeling will be very familiar.  That time just before Christmas when every commercial break on childrens TV seems to be packed full of extremely expensive gifts.  Plastic rubbish that takes hours to put together which retails at £49.99 – you also know that twenty minutes after unwrapping they’ll have lost interest.

It’s hardly surprising in some ways that there are frequently pieces in the press about how materialistic young people are becoming.  Children are bombarded with advertisements in their daily lives.  Even games that you buy for computer consoles and mobile phones are normally stuffed full of advertisements for more games or add ons.

A study of 8-11 year olds in the Netherlands is the latest to point the finger at TV advertising – citing a ’positive causal effect on materialism’.  In effect TV commercials are increasing childrens desire for material items but worse are leading them to equate happiness with  the aquisition of these items.

The problem is that it takes adults quite a few years to come to the conclusion that on  the whole material things don’t make you really happy.  And we’ve had it easy, we’ve grown up with only a couple of TV stations and very basic advertising.  Our children are targeted specifically with extremely aggressive and very manipulative commercials.  Combined with other forces directed to us at the internet like this post – it’s no wonder our children can get confused at times.

The research showed strong links with how children valued material things.  The study then regulated the children’s exposure to advertising and tried to measure a shift in perceptions.  The strong link between heavier viewing of such adverts and a materialistic attitude to possessions was observed.  IN effect TV adverts make children more materialistic.   It’s something that crosses social and national divides, bear in mind that children are not restricted to the TV and adverts of their native land.  If they use the internet they can access any media sites they like, see this web page which shows to watch BBC Iplayer in the USA, although there aren’t actually any adverts on the BBC to be fair.

So what can parents do?  Well the obvious one is to cut down on the amount of adverts that children and young people watch.  It’s not always easy but devices like Sky, Tivo allow programmes to be recorded and adverts skipped.  Similarly there’s more control with watching online and watching shows without adverts – the BBC in the United Kingdom is an obvious example.  IF you’re not in the UK then check this site out – which can show you how to use technology to access the wonderful world of CBBC and Cbeebies – all quality childrens TV with no advertising at all.


No Internet – A Real Disadvantage


A report in the United Kingdom has reported a worrying trend about internet access for British children.  The UK has one of the highest internet penetration figures in the world, but this doesn’t tell the full story.  If you read the official figures something like 90% of children are able to access the internet at their homes.  However a study has broken these figures down by income levels and found a dramatic change.

If you look at the richest 10% of households you’ll find almost everyone has access to the internet – some 99%.  However in the poorest 10% then just over 50% of pupils have access to the word wide web in some format or other.  This is a huge difference and suggests there is still an enormous digital divide in the UK.  Just to put this into real numbers, the figures equate to about 3/4 million children with no internet access, and about 650,000 who have no access to a computer at home.

This is a real disadvantage to such children in many ways.  Purely on an academic level, they are at a disadvantage as researching subjects and homework is much easier using  the internet.  In fact much home work now relies on access to the internet, rather than traditional learning where a good set of encyclopedias would be sufficient.  The E Learning revolution only increases the problems for such disadvantaged children – my son’s maths   homework is all completed and marked online.

In many countries an internet connection is perhaps more of a luxury, if none of your fellow pupils have access then it’s not such a disadvantage at least locally.  However I have seen many classes of English in some schools relying on content on the BBC website. A Singapore private school assigned pupils a private VPN like this site illustates to watch the BBC anywhere –

But it is not just the academic benefits that can cause a problem.  Many young people rely on social networking sites for much of their interaction – sites like Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter are an everyday part of life.  Pupils who have no access to the internet through computers or phones are also isolated from these social networks and can feel left out.

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