One death a week on county's roads

POLICE have vowed to continue to tackle dangerous drivers and speeding motorists in the wake of one death a week on the county's roads this year.It has also emerged that highway chiefs will be meeting with Suffolk County Council officials tomorrow to discuss what can be done about the issue.

POLICE have vowed to continue to tackle dangerous drivers and speeding motorists in the wake of one death a week on the county's roads this year.

It has also emerged that highway chiefs will be meeting with Suffolk County Council officials tomorrow to discuss what can be done about the issue.

Since January 6 there have been 13 fatal accidents in Suffolk, which is equivalent to one a week from the start of 2006.

When broken down further there were four deaths in January on the A134 at Long Melford, B1086 at Higham, the A12 at Kessingland and Coupals Road, Haverhill.


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In February there were five fatal accidents on the Wangford road at Lakenheath, the B1077 in Rishangles, A12 at Thorington, the Newton road in Sudbury and the A134 near Alpheton.

This month they have happened at Bawdsey, Anson Road in Martlesham, the A14 near Levington and the A145 at Shadingfield.

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While the exact causes of many of those accidents are unknown, police have reiterated their commitment to cracking down on dangerous driving.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “Suffolk Constabulary, along with partner agencies such as the county council, is committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county's roads.

“In general terms, police will continue to concentrate on the two key areas of enforcement and education to make our roads safer.

“Officers will continue to target those motorists who show a disregard for other road users by blatantly ignoring the law.

“At the same time, they will be working with road safety partners to educate drivers about dangers such as speeding, drink-driving and tiredness in an effort to prevent the many avoidable accidents from happening.”

The comments were echoed by Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for roads and transport, who said he would be meeting with Highways Agency officials tomorrow during which road safety would be discussed.

He said: “Needless to say we are trying to reduce the level of fatal and serious accidents. The numbers are small but each individual death is a tragedy for the family and friends involved.

“One thing I would say is that they don't tend to happen in clusters. There is no particular blackspot that is giving us any particular concern.

“We are working hard to bring in road safety measures and speed restrictions, for example on the A140, has seen a reduction in serious accidents and we will continue to encourage people to drive safely.

“Indeed in the new financial year there will be an increase in money available for road safety so we can provide a programme of education, similar to the successful valentine's campaign where officers went into schools to show youngsters just how dangerous irresponsible driving can be.

“When we meet with the Highways Agency I'm sure these issues will be highlighted and any improvements that can be made discussed.”

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