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Police road safety campaign launched on A38 targets reckless drivers

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

Road safety campaign launched by Police in Cornwall targets reckless drivers

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Police in Cornwall have launched a road safety campaign on the “treacherous” stretch of the A38 where three lives have been lost in the past 10 months.

There have been a number of serious collisions along the main A38 route from Plymouth to Liskeard, including a crash last June that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist, Adam Smart.

Then, in November, Lee Skeldon, 27, driver of a BMW 318 and Christopher Williams, 21, lost their lives near Whity Cross in Saltash when their car travelled across the carriageway and hit a wall.

During March the police will promote safer driving and will aim to reduce casualties by enforcing speed restrictions by introducing extra patrols using speed detection equipment.

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Inspector Dan Ivey, responsible for policing in the South East Cornwall area said: “Statistically, this stretch of road has a number of serious injury and fatal road traffic collisions.

“The speed restriction for the parts of the road which extend to a dual carriageway is 50mph and it is very clearly signposted as such.

“Drivers are regularly ignoring this, overtaking and speeding way in excess of this restriction, even crossing onto the protective hatch markings or crossing double white lines to overtake.”

Police have described the stretch of the A38 between Trerulefoot and the Tamar Bridge as “treacherous”.

The police have pledged to get more officers onto the roads to tackle the fatal four major causes of serious injury accidents – inappropriate speed, drink and drug driving, driver distraction and failing to wear seat belts.

There were almost 120 accidents on the A38 in 2012, the latest year for which figures are currently available.

There are also higher numbers of accidents at junctions around Plympton and towards South Brent.

The majority of accidents involve two or one vehicles, but there were two multi-vehicle pile-ups involving five vehicles and three involving four.

Insp Ivey said an officer stood near Stoketon Cross with a hand held speed detection device that caught six drivers in just one hour travelling at between 65 to 77mph in the 50mph zone.

He said: “The sections of dual carriageway on the winding stretch of this route are designed for overtaking slow moving heavy goods and agricultural type vehicles.

“We have witnessed people driving way in excess of the 50 mph restriction, recently in strong winds and driving rain and in circumstances which place themselves and other road users in significant danger, mainly due to inappropriate speed.

“During the month of March we will be seeking to promote safer driving and reduce casualties on this stretch of road by enforcing the law, including the speed restriction with visible police patrols and speed detection equipment, reporting drivers who flout the law for consideration of prosecution.”

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  • yveyk  |  March 05 2014, 5:25PM

    You can't penalise the rest of us for a few idiots. If they want an early funeral, that is their affair as long as they don't take innocent people with them.

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  • josdave  |  March 05 2014, 2:13PM

    None of these incidents had anything to do with the road and everything to do with bad driving. The general standard of driving varies from passable to atrocious almost everywhere. Nobody seems to go any slower when conditions are bad and driving too close to the vehicle in front is commonplace.

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