Sudbury: Calls for greater safety after Newton Road accident

The scene of the accident, Newton Road, Sudbury.

The scene of the accident, Newton Road, Sudbury. - Credit: Archant

Calls for better enforcement of speed limits and tougher penalties for speeding drivers are being made after a car crashed into a wall in a Sudbury street – the second in less than a month.

Newton Road has a 30mph speed limit but some residents have complained about the “inadequate” signage on the road, which is one of the main routes into town.

Around 11.30pm, on September 6, police were called to Newton Road after a car collided with a wall, railings and a telegraph pole.

The occupants, who were not injured in the crash, had left the scene but were later tracked down by police. According to a force spokesman, a collision report was filed and sent to a case officer. Suffolk County Council highways also attended the scene.

The following week, an 18-year-old driver crashed into a wall in Friars Street after he clipped a kerb and spun to the opposite side of the road, narrowly missing a gas main.

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One Newton Road resident, whose garden railings were damaged in the first incident, said it was lucky no-one was injured as a result of the crash because the car “narrowly missed” a pedestrian.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “Cars have been clocked at 70mph in this road, even during the daytime and despite the 30mph limit.

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“A taxi ploughed into our neighbour’s garden less than a year ago and destroyed his garden wall, while another neighbour woke up to find a car on its roof in his garden.

“A couple of years ago, a car mounted the kerb by the gate to our house. I can’t help thinking about what could have happened if I had been standing there with the children.

“I am afraid to walk my three children to school and choose to drive as it unsafe to walk.”

The woman said she believed the driver of the latest vehicle to crash was being sent on a “driver improvement scheme2 which she did not consider to be a tough enough penalty.

The police spokesman said collision reports were forwarded to case officers who reviewed the reports and recommended appropriate penalties.

He said driver improvement schemes were offered to offenders as an option in some cases, although he could not comment on this particular case.

What do you think needs to be done to curb speeding drivers in the town? Write to The Sudbury Mercury, 1 King Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EB, or email

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