We're dealing with a serious RTC on Fishponds Road SW17 with @Ldn_Ambulance and @thehelipad. Please avoid the area. #Tooting
— Wandsworth MPS (@MPSWandsworth) April 13, 2014
Just gutted for the family of the people involved in that RTC (Road Traffic Collision).
It's a beautiful spring day, I'd been out collecting more signatures for the Tooting High Street petition. Got home, putting their details onto the system I check on twitter, and I see the post above.
One family today will have received a call to go to the hospital for their loved one. It is very likely that the driver of the vehicle will not have been seriously injured. Cars/vans are very good at protecting their occupants. Whilst I don't know the exact details of this RTC, it is likely that the person who has been seriously injured wasn't in a motor vehicle. Whether they were or weren't is kind of irrelevant.
The fact is that at least someone has been seriously injured this morning on Fishponds Road, as a result of someone driving a motor vehicle.
I don't want to be a family member caught up in this, when I know action can be taken to reduce the risk of events like this taking place. How many more people do we need to let get hurt, before we will even just try a different solution?
For all those that oppose the trial scheme, I don't think many would choose to swap places with the family of the seriously injured person today.
I campaign because we can, we should, we must act to reduce the chances of this happening again. We need politicians who don't just stand up and say, 'one crash is one crash too many' and then not act. We need both politicians who recognise the problem, and importantly are prepared to do something about it.
I'll be standing with the Liberal Democrats in Tooting ward in the coming local elections. I think too many people have been hurt on our streets, and nothing of substance has happened to reduce danger for too long. If you agree with me, I hope that you'll be able to support me and my colleagues with your vote so that we can try to reduce the chances of these terrible incidents taking place again.