Call for speed cameras after Derbyshire deaths

Residents have set up an action group to campaign for speed cameras on a road in Ashover, Derbyshire where four people were killed last year.

Since a recent double fatal accident on the A632 between Matlock and Chesterfield, a parish council has been working to carry out speed monitoring. One sensor was triggered by a vehicle travelling at 145 miles an hour, reports the BBC.

Andy Wibberley, from Ashover Community Action Group, said they want average speed cameras on the road.

“We think some fixed speed cameras would benefit on here as well,” he added.

Ed Willmot, from Ashover Parish Council, which is working with highways officials and the police on monitoring, said: “Our data is proving the point that people are ignoring the speed limits.”

Simon Oxspring, pub landlord of nearby The Kelstedge Inn, said he had witnessed numerous accidents in the 24 years he had been there.

He said: “I’ve personally lost friends. My family has lost very close friends. We have seen some horrendous accidents over the years.”

Natalie Hinchliffe attended the aftermath of the latest cash, which claimed the lives of a mother and her grown-up son, and was witnessed by relatives following in another car.

She said: “I went out to see if I could help.

“I saw a couple of guys looking shocked and lost… it turned out to be the man who was the father and husband of those involved.”

Speed limits have previously been lowered, and other improvements made to junctions along with extra signs.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Conservative leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “It is down to motorists to check their speed. It is a dangerous stretch of road, a fast stretch of road.

“We have really got to tackle that issue – average speed cameras I expect will help with that.”

The council said it now intends to apply for government funding for those cameras.


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