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Make killer road safer
2:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
KILL the speed before someone else dies, say the parents of a teenager who lost his life in a crash at a Vale crossroads.
Charles Bateman was just 17 years old when he was killed in a collision with another car at the Honeybourne Road crossroads near Bidford last December.
His parents, Teresa and Terry Bateman, have now started an online petition to get the speed limit on the approaches to the junction reduced to 40mph from 60mph.
Mrs Bateman says there have been seven accidents resulting in injury in the last 10 years.
She said: “It is a horrendous road, it’s so fast. The signage doesn’t tell you how dangerous it is. It doesn’t tell you that you are approaching a crossroads.
If you don’t know the area, which Charles didn’t, it is an accident waiting to happen.
“We have got to do something.
We don’t want people to go through what we went through.”
Mr and Mrs Bateman, who live in Solihull, travel to the crash site every week and hope to get 5,000 signatures on the petition.
“The petition is doing well,” said Mrs Bateman.
“Now they also want us to remove the floral tributes.
I have been told they are a distraction. If it is a distraction that slows people down then that’s great.”
As well as slowing down drivers the campaign aims to see the road redesigned, new signs installed and flooding addressed.
Some of this is already set to be tackled by Warwickshire County Council, which by next year will have reduced the speed limit on rural roads to 50mph and is reviewing signage at the junction. A spokesperson said: “Warwickshire County Council would like to offer condolences to the family and friends of Mr Bateman.”
To support the petition, visit change.org and search for ‘Honeybourne’.
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