Co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists Donnachadh McCarthy was on Good Morning Britain this morning to take part in a debate about 20mph speed limits, which was framed as: "Are 20mph cameras a war on drivers?"
On the ITV morning show, McCarthy was making the case for the cameras, while broadcaster Edward Adoo argued there is "no logic" to 20mph cameras being live in the early hours of the morning when "there is no-one around".
The 'debate' came after a 20mph camera in Plymouth detected more than 23,500 speeding drivers before it was officially switched on — including 1,100 in the first 24 hours alone.
McCarthy said Adoo's claim the cameras should be switched off during quieter times was "the voice of entitlement".
"We're listening to the voice of entitlement," he said. "He talks about families. What about the family of kids who are being killed? The idea that we put the idea of a £100 fine against saving lives is shocking to me. At night time there will be nurses coming home from the night shift. There'll be parents going to work on the Good Morning show."
At this point the host interrupts to make the point..."But they'll be in cars. They won't be at risk of being hit, one would imagine"...erm, right...okay...because nobody in a car has ever hit another vehicle...
Showing the patience of a saint, McCarthy corrects: "Sorry, they could crash into another driver. This is actually safety for everybody. The idea that we have not enforced 20mph zones is a disgrace. Five times more people will be killed at 30 (mph) than 20 (mph). Why have the police not enforced it up to now? This is good news for families, good news for kids."