MP wins national award for road safety campaign
Written by ROB SMYTH
BURTON’S MP has won a national award for his role in helping to improve safety on the A38.
Andrew Griffiths was named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line after his campaigning saw a major safety review undertaken after the deaths of two sisters in April highlighted a range of problems on the notoriously dangerous northbound stretch near the Branston junction of the accident-plagued road.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “As a charity that supports people bereaved and injured in road crashes, we know how dangerous roads such as the A38 can lead to terrible suffering and fear for the communities who use them.
“We’re delighted that Andrew’s campaigning has achieved such positive results so quickly, and Brake is pleased to recognise his success with this award.
“Andrew’s work should encourage others around the country to take action on dangerous roads in their area, and inspire drivers using the A38 to do their bit in making it safer, by staying well within the speed limit, keeping their distance, and slowing right down in poor conditions.”
Mr Griffiths’ work, alongside Staffordshire County Council, police and fire services, saw him secure a meeting with the Highways Agency to talk through the issues.
The agency ordered one of the gaps in the central reservation to be closed within two weeks and agreed to inspect the road and verges to ensure maximum visibility.
They will also carry out a speed survey to decide whether to implement further measures, and consult more widely over the remaining gaps in the central reservation.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “I am honoured to have been named the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month.
“Too many lives are lost on our roads, and the A38 has sadly been a particular example of that.
“I am delighted that my contribution in campaigning to make that road safer was enough to win this award.”
Sisters Parveen Kauser and Raheela Altaf were killed when their car turned over after hitting the beginning of a gap in the central reservation on the A38.
Less than 72 hours after the crash, Mr Griffiths wrote to the Transport Secretary asking for safety measures to be installed on the A38 to protect drivers and passengers.