Speed cameras installed near site of fatal A17 crash on Norfolk border have been welcomed by campaigning mother
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A campaigning mother has welcomed a new set of average speed cameras installed along the A17 where a motorist died in a crash with a lorry four days before Christmas.
Seven average speed cameras have been put up on the A17 between Sutton Bridge and King’s Lynn.
The news has been welcomed by Bridget Wall, who has campaigned on behalf of national road safety charity Brake, since her 24 year old son Adam died in a crash at the Broadend junction on the A47 at Walsoken in 2002.
Mrs Wall said: “One camera is never enough, people can slow down and speed back up, these average speed cameras are definitely to be welcomed.
“People don’t realise the impact of losing a loved one in a crash - the emotional after effects are terrible. I’m still fighting for justice for Adam but it takes its toll.”
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Mrs Wall is fighting for a roundabout at Broadend Junction. She has won the backing of MPs Steve Barclay and Henry Bellingham.
Last year new signs, road markings and warning lights were set up at the notorious junction which has claimed a dozen lives and caused 127 life-changing injuries in 14 years.
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But Mrs Wall said it was not enough.
“If people are not forced to slow down and drive carefully they won’t,” she said.
She said: “I would like to see all cars carry a black box like the tacographs in lorries and commercial vehicles, more speed cameras, police being harder on drivers rather than just sending people on speed awareness courses.”
The A17 speed cameras were installed after care worker Laura Pesterfield, 21, from Boston, died when her car was struck by a lorry at the Station Road junction at Terrington St Clement, on December 21.
She was travelling with her two nephews in the car. Both children were taken to hospital but later discharged.
Anne Pointin, safety camera team manager for Norfolk police, said the units should be operational in the next two months, and would identify drivers exceeding the 60mph limit by taking an average speed between any two points.
She added: “The project is the result of the high collision history on that piece of road, which is seen as a high priority site. The decision was made by Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership in conjunction with Norfolk County Council and Highways.”