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Renewed bid for safety on the A38

Thursday 2nd October 2014 (Andrew Griffiths)
Renewed bid for safety on the A38

ROAD safety campaigners are calling on drivers to ‘take extra care’ when travelling along an accident-plagued route which traverses Burton and South Derbyshire.

Police chiefs from Staffordshire Police, Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths and Staffordshire County Council have long been supporters of motorists playing their part to make it ‘safer for all’ who use the road.

The latest plea comes after Willington man James Clarke lost his life when his car broke down on the busy A38

Mr Clarke, his wife and one of his daughters were stranded in the car when it broke down on the inside lane on the northbound carriageway at Clay Mills, Burton, at 10.35pm on Friday, September 12.

He tried to push it on to the roadside verge to put it in a safe position, but was injured when a passing vehicle hit his Vauxhall Astra.

He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Mr Griffiths told the Burton Mail: “All drivers who use the A38 need to follow the speed limits and remember to be considerate to other road users.

“We all have a part to play in ensuring that we remain safe while using the extremely busy road.

“The onus is still on the likes of Staffordshire Police to make sure road safety rules are being followed.

“Drivers also need to continue to step up to the plate and make sure they follow the rules.”

Mr Griffiths was a key campaigner in forcing through major changes along a stretch of the A38 between Branston and Barton under Needwood

The changes put in place last year included a 60mph speed limit and the closure of controversial gaps in the central reservation.

They came about following the death of two sisters on the road in 2012.

Speaking on behalf of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economy, environment and transport with Staffordshire County Council, said: “Keeping our roads safe is a key priority.

“While we are pleased with the huge reductions in the past 30 years, we aren’t complacent. Every accident where someone is killed or injured is one too many.”

By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)

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