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National charity Brake back A38 speed cut calls

Monday 22nd December 2014 (Andrew Griffiths)
National charity Brake back A38 speed cut calls

A NATIONAL road safety charity has thrown its weight behind calls to try and get a 60mph speed limit imposed along the entire stretch of the A38 that passes through the area.

Senior chiefs at Brake decided to come out in support of plans by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths that would see the speed limit cut in a bid to reduce accidents and increase safety along the accident-plagued road.

The scheme has already won the backing of senior police and fire bosses as well as his parliamentary counterpart in South Derbyshire Heather Wheeler.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “Crashes like those happening with alarming regularity on the A38 have a devastating impact on families and communities, but they can be prevented.

“Reducing speed is proven to reduce casualties, so we are fully behind Andrew’s calls to reduce and enforce speed limits on these roads, and we urge everyone driving in the area to take the responsibility to slow down and look out for each other.

“We wish Andrew every success with his latest campaign.”

Mr Griffiths believes that the success of similar measures put in place between Barton under Needwood and Branston earlier this year means that changes across the length and breadth of the carriageway would have a ‘major impact’.

He said: “We are still seeing too many accidents along the road and this is why we need to do something to make it as safe as we possibly can.

“It will hopefully mean that we will start to see an end to so many tragic deaths on the road.

“This will only help improve safety for the thousands of people that regularly use the road.”

An example of the dangers of the A38 were shown last week when a 21-year-old cyclist had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a hit and run on the carriageway.

Mr Griffiths previously successfully campaigned to reduce the speed limit to 60mph on some parts of the A38, as well as closing risky gaps that allowed drivers to cut across the dual carriageway, following the deaths of two sisters on the road in 2012.

That was born out of the death of two sisters on the road in 2012, and Mr Griffiths campaigned long and hard, with the backing of the Mail and the likes of Staffordshire Police.

By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)


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