If a child is knocked over by a car it is unlikely the child would be blamed. The driver of whatever vehicle was involved would take the rap and probably come under scrutiny concerning what speed the car was doing at the time.

So why is an article headlined "Forest deer put drivers in danger" (The Argus, December 24). Why does The Argus exonerate drivers in this way?

Pesky old nature and its irritating animals getting in the way of God's chosen creatures and their motorised speeding vehicles is a surreal and warped take on life. And the suggestion to erect miles of fencing in and around Ashdown Forest to further prioritise these people in a hurry cocooned in their vehicles is the sort of suggestion one might have heard in a Monty Python sketch.

The Argus article failed to tell us what speed the Mini written about was doing in order to get a deer through its windscreen, or tell us what speed the 49-year-old motorcyclist was doing.

An old saying says: "If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen." Motorists should stay out of Ashdown Forest if they can't learn to drive appropriately for the conditions and reality that prevail there.

Deer, foxes, cats, dogs, horses and riders, children and old people are all equally entitled to protection from speeding drivers lost in their own little world and delusionally believing that roads are their private preserve.

  • Valerie Paynter, Clarendon Road, Hove