By Chris Harris
Friday, November 30, 2012
SUFFOLK’S new crime commissioner has pledged to review the turning off of a county speed camera after the death of a young mother.
Tim Passmore was speaking after parish chiefs hit out over the decommissioning of a device on the A140, near its junction with the B1077 in Brome.
Jessica Winterborn, 24, from Harleston, Norfolk, died after the Peugeot 306 she was driving collided with a lorry near the junction on Tuesday.
Redlingfield Parish Council - despite there being no indication at this stage that excess speed was a factor in the crash - has called for the camera to be turned back on.
Parish clerk Janet Norman-Philip said: “We have been campaigning for several months now for the speed safety camera on the A140 at Brome to be turned back on as we were convinced that without it, this accident blackspot would claim more lives or cause serious injury.
“Sadly it now seems that our worst fears have come to pass with the tragic death of a young mother.
“We believe this accident should never have happened and we also believe that had the camera been turned back on, that the chances of this death occurring would have been vastly reduced.”
Suffolk Road Safety Partnership last year decided to keep two cameras at Benhall (A12) and Coddenham (A140) and turn off four others, including the one on the A140 at Brome.
Mr Passmore, who was elected as Suffolk’s first police and crime commissioner earlier this month, said: “I’m very happy to review, with the constabulary and other partners, the future of the camera once we have got the evidence through over what the cause of the accident was.
“If people have particular concerns in other areas I’m quite happy to have a look at those too.
“Funding does always come into it but when it’s people’s lives then that makes a difference and we have to have a good reason not to turn it back on.”
Earlier this year Ms Norman-Philip said data used in the decision to turn off the Brome camera was flawed. A report that went before Suffolk Police Authority said there had been one slight injury crash at the junction since 2000, while Redlingfield Parish Council said there had been nine death or serious injury crashes over that period.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “At this early stage we cannot speculate about the causes of this collision and are not able to say whether or not speed was a contributing factor.”