Did you see that those skiers who exceed 19 mph may be fined?
Switzerland – where else? – is introducing speed cameras on the slopes to try to reduce the increasing number of accidents. The first such nationwide controls will treat skiers like cars on the motorway. Speeders will be caught with hand-held radar devices carried by hidden personnel. Persistent offenders could be fined or have ski passes confiscated.
The scheme is being introduced after figures revealed a drastic increase in serious ski-related accidents in Switzerland. The booming winter tourism trade has led to overcrowding (Surely with all the global warming this is a bit of a shocker?) at the most popular resorts and a sharp rise in accidents. Impeccable pistes and new skiing equipment also encourages skiers and snowboarders of all levels to go ever faster.
I’ve never been skiing but would quite like it. It’s unlikely I would ever reach 19mph but I would imagine that those who can may well be piste off with this latest bit of interference from busy bodies. Look, skiing is by definition a risky sport but people should be allowed to make their own mistakes rather than exposed to radar gun detection. This is the slippery slope to more State Nannyism!