Students launch campaign calling for speed camera

Herald Series: Left to right: Bethany Brogden, Bethany Ray, Chelsea Sleep and Maisie Cox from Didcot Girls’ School have launched a campaign to get a speed camera installed on Hadden Hill Road Buy this photo Left to right: Bethany Brogden, Bethany Ray, Chelsea Sleep and Maisie Cox from Didcot Girls’ School have launched a campaign to get a speed camera installed on Hadden Hill Road

A GROUP of students at Didcot Girls’ School have launched a campaign calling for a speed camera to be installed on a “dangerous” stretch of road.

Bethany Ray, 15, Bethany Brogden, 16, Chelsea Sleep, 15, and Maisie Cox, 15, are campaigning for the speed camera to be placed on the A4130 at Hadden Hill.

There have been three fatal accidents on the road in the past nine years, four serious accidents and 26 that caused minor injuries.

The girls have set up a Facebook group, Speed Cameras on Hadden Hill Road, which has 406 members and have been working on a petition, which has more than 100 signatures.

It is all part of their year 11 GCSE Citizenship project, in which groups of four students have been campaigning for an issue close to their hearts.

The campaign comes after Jack Varney, 19, and Rhys Roberts, 21, died in a crash on the road on May 28.

Miss Ray said: “Jack was my brother’s best friend – and my cousin Nathan Mills was really good friends with Rhys – so it affected our family and it affected their families.

“One of my mum’s friends also died on the road as well.

“We have had lots of support because they are quite well known boys in Didcot. We are hoping to get lots more signatures across half term.”

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An inquest was held into the deaths of Mr Varney and Mr Roberts in September, which revealed their car was driving at 55mph on the 40mph road.

It also showed Mr Roberts was more than one and a half times the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.

Oxfordshire County Council cut the speed limit on the road five years ago due to concerns about the number of accidents.

Miss Ray added: “We will be taking it further once the petition is finished – we will be sending it to Cllr Tony Harbour who has been a great help.

“We are also going down there and using speed guns on the Hadden Hill Road once we get back to school.”

Didcot South Cllr Tony Harbour said: “I’m always keen to support students from both Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus when they are passionate about something in the town where they live.

“Last week they approached me to see if I could give them any further ideas to help their cause, which I was more than happy to do.”

The last speed trial on the road was conducted in May 2011 and another has been authorised to take place late this week or early next week.

But a county council spokesman confirmed there are no current plans for a speed camera to be installed on Hadden Hill Road.

Owen Moreton said: “The 40mph limit came into effect on May 5, 2008.

“Since then there has been one fatal, three serious and six slight injury accidents reported.

“In the five years prior to the limit being introduced, there were two fatal, one serious and 20 slight accidents reported.

“Overall accident frequency on this stretch of road has reduced by 50 per cent since the 40mph limit was introduced.”

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8:27am Wed 31 Oct 12

RoadRunner12 says...

It's simple. Stick to the speed limit and don't drive under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

There's no need for a speed camera. They are a total waste of tax payers money at around £40k/yr to maintain. They do not create revenue from tickets! As much as we'd all like to believe they do.

They also don't save lives. Remember the survey that went out when all the camera were switched off in Swindon/Oxfordshire? There were LESS fatal accidents on the road.

Waste of money and unnecessary!
It's simple. Stick to the speed limit and don't drive under the influence of drugs/alcohol. There's no need for a speed camera. They are a total waste of tax payers money at around £40k/yr to maintain. They do not create revenue from tickets! As much as we'd all like to believe they do. They also don't save lives. Remember the survey that went out when all the camera were switched off in Swindon/Oxfordshire? There were LESS fatal accidents on the road. Waste of money and unnecessary! RoadRunner12
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12:22pm Wed 31 Oct 12

StaceyHume says...

“Overall accident frequency on this stretch of road has reduced by 50 per cent since the 40mph limit was introduced.”

The stats don't look convincing at all really as it hasn't stopped serious and fatal accidents. Also the time limit of 5 years is probably hiding a lot more fatalities and serious incidents.
“Overall accident frequency on this stretch of road has reduced by 50 per cent since the 40mph limit was introduced.” The stats don't look convincing at all really as it hasn't stopped serious and fatal accidents. Also the time limit of 5 years is probably hiding a lot more fatalities and serious incidents. StaceyHume
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Sputnik's wife says...

"There are lies, **** lies and then there are statistics" (M Twain)..... the fact is people are still dying on this stretch of road. The 40mph speed limit introduction may have halved the number of fatal accidents, as Mr Moreton believes, but more needs to be done, it isn't acceptable to say "oh well, we've reduced the speed limit and not so many are dying or being hurt now".....What about looking at other measures? some areas in the county are 30mph, or have other speed control measures. It's great that these girls are raising this issue and maybe some serious further thought can be given to the problem before more people are hurt.
"There are lies, **** lies and then there are statistics" (M Twain)..... the fact is people are still dying on this stretch of road. The 40mph speed limit introduction may have halved the number of fatal accidents, as Mr Moreton believes, but more needs to be done, it isn't acceptable to say "oh well, we've reduced the speed limit and not so many are dying or being hurt now".....What about looking at other measures? some areas in the county are 30mph, or have other speed control measures. It's great that these girls are raising this issue and maybe some serious further thought can be given to the problem before more people are hurt. Sputnik's wife
  • Score: -3

3:42pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Diddyman says...

Speed cameras or not, it wouldn’t have helped the 2 lads mentioned. As the driver was more than one and a half times over the drink-drive limit! Also I believe when the inquest was carried out these 2 lads were found to have had cocaine in their system.
Speed cameras or not, it wouldn’t have helped the 2 lads mentioned. As the driver was more than one and a half times over the drink-drive limit! Also I believe when the inquest was carried out these 2 lads were found to have had cocaine in their system. Diddyman
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Wed 31 Oct 12

CliveDunn says...

So...some children...who can't drive, would like to put up a speed camera, in a place that is not near their home, school, a park etc.
They are campaigning as part of a school project.
The fact the speed limit has already been redced substantially on this part of road should be enough. It should be and certainly used to be (quilte legally) possible to negotiate this stretch of road at much higher speeds perfectly safely, even using less modern vehicles when the speed limit was higher. As Roadrunner12 correctly points out, if you are going to steal a car, and drive it poorly through being unfit through drink and drugs and possibly not having a valid licence, then you are quite likely to have an accident.
So...some children...who can't drive, would like to put up a speed camera, in a place that is not near their home, school, a park etc. They are campaigning as part of a school project. The fact the speed limit has already been redced substantially on this part of road should be enough. It should be and certainly used to be (quilte legally) possible to negotiate this stretch of road at much higher speeds perfectly safely, even using less modern vehicles when the speed limit was higher. As Roadrunner12 correctly points out, if you are going to steal a car, and drive it poorly through being unfit through drink and drugs and possibly not having a valid licence, then you are quite likely to have an accident. CliveDunn
  • Score: 2

10:42am Thu 1 Nov 12

livid99 says...

Diddyman wrote:
Speed cameras or not, it wouldn’t have helped the 2 lads mentioned. As the driver was more than one and a half times over the drink-drive limit! Also I believe when the inquest was carried out these 2 lads were found to have had cocaine in their system.
Indeed. The irresponsibility of these kind of people is what claims lives. Speed cameras would have made no difference to these 2, and we can just be thankful that they didn't kill anyone else by their reckless behaviour.
What these girls are doing is commendable however, and their concern for safety is in stark contrast to that shown by the 2 guys who died.
[quote][p][bold]Diddyman[/bold] wrote: Speed cameras or not, it wouldn’t have helped the 2 lads mentioned. As the driver was more than one and a half times over the drink-drive limit! Also I believe when the inquest was carried out these 2 lads were found to have had cocaine in their system.[/p][/quote]Indeed. The irresponsibility of these kind of people is what claims lives. Speed cameras would have made no difference to these 2, and we can just be thankful that they didn't kill anyone else by their reckless behaviour. What these girls are doing is commendable however, and their concern for safety is in stark contrast to that shown by the 2 guys who died. livid99
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9:09am Sat 3 Nov 12

eezisit says...

All comments regarding the incident in question and the effectiveness of speed cameras are true, but at least the kids are being pro-active. eezisit will have a look at the facebook page.
All comments regarding the incident in question and the effectiveness of speed cameras are true, but at least the kids are being pro-active. eezisit will have a look at the facebook page. eezisit
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7:46am Tue 6 Nov 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

because of car sophistication, air bags, energy absorption etc,, crude figures for fatalities tell nothing. In fact, cars are capable of much higher speeds than 20 years ago, so there's a correlation between higher performance and lower fatalities. Just publish the figure for non-vehicle occupant fatalities and the picture will be clearer
because of car sophistication, air bags, energy absorption etc,, crude figures for fatalities tell nothing. In fact, cars are capable of much higher speeds than 20 years ago, so there's a correlation between higher performance and lower fatalities. Just publish the figure for non-vehicle occupant fatalities and the picture will be clearer Lord Palmerstone
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4:48pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Diddyman says...

All the speed cameras and technology in the World won’t stop dangerous driving. I have just witnessed a young lad driving a silver 4x4 with ASW Scaffolding written on the side. He came speeding down Abbott Road and took the corner so fast he lost control and skidded over the path before speeding off. If there was someone on that path, they would have been killed.

It's people like this that cause accidents, maybe increasing the age of drivers to 21 would stop such dangerous driving?? How many of these young lads that speed around in company/work vehicles are properly insured I wonder?
All the speed cameras and technology in the World won’t stop dangerous driving. I have just witnessed a young lad driving a silver 4x4 with ASW Scaffolding written on the side. He came speeding down Abbott Road and took the corner so fast he lost control and skidded over the path before speeding off. If there was someone on that path, they would have been killed. It's people like this that cause accidents, maybe increasing the age of drivers to 21 would stop such dangerous driving?? How many of these young lads that speed around in company/work vehicles are properly insured I wonder? Diddyman
  • Score: 1

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