THE area’s most senior fire chief has backed a campaign to try and get a 60mph speed limit imposed along the entire stretch of the A38 that passes through Burton and South Derbyshire.
Peter Dartford, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service chief executive and chief fire officer, ‘unequivocally’ backed proposals put forward by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths to reduce accidents and increase safety along the accident-plagued road.
The fire chief revealed to the Mail that he had ‘no hesitation’ in supporting the scheme.
He said: “As an organisation who witness first-hand the consequences and trauma of serious road traffic collisions on the A38 and elsewhere, and have to deal with the aftermath, I have no hesitation in supporting the proposal.
“There is no doubt that excessive speed is a major contributor to road traffic collisions and the death and injury they cause, so any measure that can be put in place to reduce speed on our roads should be welcomed. Hence, I would be very keen to add my personal support to the campaign.”
Mr Dartford’s backing comes only weeks after senior police chiefs at Staffordshire Police threw their weight behind the proposals.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail that support from the emergency services was ‘vital’ to progressing with the plans.
He said: “Any change to the speed limit on the A38 will need the backing of the emergency services.
“Clearly Mr Dartford’s comments show that these changes would be welcomed, would make the road safety and save lives.
“I think this is a significant step for the campaign.
“Improving the levels of safety on the A38 is imperative, and now, with the backing of the emergency services, I will push on to try and get change put in place.”
Mr Griffiths is hopeful of replicating the success of his previous campaign to boost safety on the A38.
That came after 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, to boost safety between Branston and Barton under Needwood.
After detailed deliberations with highways chiefs, it was agreed for a 60mph speed limit be put in place alongside other measures, a measure that has had a major impact.
By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)