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Make road safer before someone else is injured
9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A PERSHORE man wants new safety measures to be introduced on a main road to prevent further serious injuries drivers.
Ray Croft has called for changes on Defford Road just weeks after a woman was seriously injured in a crash on September 27, on the stretch of road near Pershore.
The retired 74-year-old, of Holloway Drive, thinks double white lines should be introduced on the road where it leaves Pershore and goes uphill towards the village of Defford, to prevent people overtaking.
He has also suggested putting in a sign warning motorists that the area is an accident blackspot.
“A chap was killed on his motorbike along that stretch of road,” he said. “It seems weird there’s no double white lines so it is like they are encouraging people to overtake. All they have done is reduce the speed limit on part of the road.
“A friend of mine is frightened to drive down that road there. I think there are more crashes than are actually reported. I would like to see the double white lines to stop over-taking.
“I just worry there will be more crashes as there has been one after another. With winter coming up if it gets icy it will get worse.”
The most recent accident happened on Friday, September 27, at the junction of the A4104 and Defford Road shortly before 5.25pm. A woman was left with serious injuries in the crash and airlifted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she is still recovering.
This is one of two accidents on the road this year according to the Safer Roads Partnership, which records collisions resulting in injury.
The highways department of Worcestershire County Council deals with implementing safety measures. A spokesperson for the council said: “We take the safety of pedestrians and motorists very seriously.
“We constantly review areas where there are safety concerns and will ensure this takes place and liaise with local councillors if appropriate.”
In October 2011, motorcyclist Evan Aled Jenkins died in a collison on Defford Road.
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