The death of Catherine Bonner shocked the people of her home village of Fairlie in Ayrshire and the people of Scotland.
Ms Bonner was sitting in her house in the coastal village when a coal truck on the way to the nearby Hunterston Coal Terminal crashed through the gable end. Ms Bonner was buried under the rubble and later died.
The exact cause of the accident has still to be established, but once it has, a decision can be made on whether there should be a criminal prosecution. A decision can also be made on whether there should be a fatal accident inquiry, which some in Fairlie have been demanding.
In the meantime, Transport Scotland has been carrying out a review of the speed of vehicles on the route as well as the behaviour of drivers and the volumes of traffic that use it. The data is still to be analysed, but one of the options under consideration is reducing the speed limit on the road, the A78, from 30mph to 20mph.
While the cause of the accident that killed Ms Bonner remains unknown - it may have been speed that caused it, it may not have been - we do not know if such a reduction in the speed limit would prevent such accidents happening again.
However, you do not have to look far from Fairlie to find examples of how restrictions on speed can have a positive impact on roads that have a reputation for accidents. In another part of Ayrshire, for example, average speed cameras on the A77 have reduced fatal accidents by 46% and serious ones by 35% in the seven years since they have been operational. Ahead of its plans to upgrade the A9 to a dual carriageway, the Scottish Government also hopes average speed cameras will have a similar effect on that infamous road.
The problem is that speed is not the cause of every accident and the issue in Fairlie is more complicated than just how fast the lorries are going. For example, there is an issue with the volume of trucks going through the village. Some contractors appear to have the attitude that it is an A-road and they have a right to use it; others have shown more sensitivity and routed their lorries away from the village. The more that take the latter option, the better.
And there is another factor in making the decision on the speed limit in Fairlie: enforcement. It is all very well Transport Scotland looking at a reduction to 20mph but it will have to be accompanied by other measures to ensure it is enforced. This may mean the use of cameras but visible police patrols would also be needed as well as improved signage to let every driver know what is expected of them.
As Fairlie's Labour councillor Alex Gallagher says, we must not jump to conclusions on the Fairlie accident, but as long as a reduction in the high volume of lorries remains unlikely, the community of Fairlie deserves a solution, properly enforced, that will make all of them a little safer.
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