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Complainant Name:
Ms Paige Mitchell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:
Ms Paige Mitchell, the Co-ordinator of the Slower Speeds Initiative, complained that an article which referred to government research into a methodology for recording factors contributing to road crashes was inaccurate. In particular, she made clear, contrary to the newspaper's headline stating that speed was 'not the main killer' in crashes, that excessive speed was the most frequently recorded contributory factor in crashes resulting in death. She was also concerned that the headline appeared to represent a direct quotation from the research, which it was not. Finally, she was concerned that the article might lead readers to underestimate the dangers of speeding and, as a consequence, take unnecessary risks whilst driving, endangering themselves and others.

Resolution:
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper attached a note to its records to ensure that, as a result of the complaint, extra vigilance would be attached to the interpretation of such data in future.

Report: 70



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