Call to support an A143 speed limit campaign

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A FATHER is urging people living on the Bury St Edmunds to Haverhill road to campaign for lower speed limits.

Tony Gearing, from Stradishall, said: “We moved in less than two years ago and in that time we have picked a mother and baby out of their car in a ditch over the road, found bits of vehicles that have mounted the kerb on our verge and seen the road closed for accidents.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.”

Mr Gearing, who has two young children, invited his neighbours and others affected by speeding on the A143 to join him in a campaign called Take a minute – save a life!

He explained that the unrestricted part of the A143, from just past the closed Plumbers Arms at Wickhambrook to just short of the Stars and Jars shop, is two miles long.

“At 60mph it takes two minutes to drive this stretch of road. Yet it passes a busy crossroads, a few other junctions and the entrances to many homes and businesses.

“If drivers were to slow down to 40mph accidents are less likely to happen and the participants have a greater chance of surviving.”

Mr Gearing has set up an online petition at ipetitions.com/petition/A143Stradishall. If he gets 100 signatures he will consider calling a public meeting and inviting local councillors and emergency services to take part.

Suffolk is among 50 councils in England who saw an increase of 10 per cent or more in people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in road accidents, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. However, while Suffolk’s KSI rose from 296 in 2010, the lowest for more than five years, to 326 in 2011, the figures have dropped by 15.83 per cent over five years. Norfolk’s figures rose by only two from 2010’s 353 but that was still a 33.58 per cent drop over five years.