More speed cameras to ease A38 danger?

A NOTORIOUS Somerset road, dubbed one of the most dangerous in the country, also has one of the highest number of speed cameras. The A38, which runs near Cross, Compton Bishop and Axbridge, has 29 speed cameras, the second highest number in the country ac

A NOTORIOUS Somerset road, dubbed one of the most dangerous in the country, also has one of the highest number of speed cameras.The A38, which runs near Cross, Compton Bishop and Axbridge, has 29 speed cameras, the second highest number in the country according to a report by keepmoving.co.uk But the road is also known for its number of serious accidents, with an average of 29 people killed or seriously injured each year. Somerset also has the second highest number of speed cameras in the country with 246, 99 behind Lancashire. But one parish councillor still believes the answer to cutting accident figures is even more speed cameras. Cllr Chris Byrne, who sits on Axbridge Town Council and Compton Bishop Parish Council, said: "The speed cameras do work in north Sedgemoor but the one at Shute Shelve is in the wrong place. "The whole junction is getting out of hand but Somerset County Council says there is no funding. "I would prefer another speed camera on the northbound side of the road at Cross to slow traffic down. There is an accident at the Cross crossroads almost every week but no-one will sit up and pay attention."But fellow town councillor Barry Hamblin said: "The real question about speed cameras is, do they slow people down and stop accidents or do they just create money?"The junction at Cross in particular really needs a roundabout or a set of traffic lights to stop accidents but I understand Somerset County Council will have no money for such a project until 2012. It is a lame excuse considering the cost of each accident."The speed cameras obviously aren't working and something needs to be done."Earlier this month a spokesman for Somerset County Council revealed that members of parish councils neighbouring the A38 have been invited to attend a meeting in October and will be given information on educating drivers and traffic signs all aimed at reducing accidents on the road.A spokesman said: "Local people think they know the area really well but they don't know what is going to be on the road around the next bend. Somerset has a large farming community and a slow moving tractor or an animal could be in the road at any given time.


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