Devastated family of Jade Clark collect thousands of signatures calling for lower speed limit on A31

Daily Echo: Family collect thousands of signatures demanded speed cut in memory of Jade Family collect thousands of signatures demanded speed cut in memory of Jade

 THE devastated family of tragic Jade Clark have collected over a thousand signatures calling for the speed limit to be reduced on a section of the A31.

Jade’s mother and stepfather, Sharon and Danny Clark, and her nan, Linda Pidgley, are determined no other family should suffer their pain and have vowed to keep fighting until something is done.

Sixteen-year-old Jade, below, from Ringwood, was killed when she was knocked off her scooter as she rode westbound towards the Ashley Heath roundabout.

Daily Echo:

Ringwood town council pressed for a 50mph restriction between Picket Post and the roundabout but the Government turned down the request, saying that only three per cent of the accidents that occurred there were due to motorists speeding.

But Sharon, 42, said: “I just don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve gone through.

“We want to see the speed limit cut in the section from the two Burley garages to the Ashley Heath roundabout.

Daily Echo:

“It’s very dangerous there. You get people coming out of the petrol station at a standstill into 70mph traffic and people trying to swap lanes all at one location.

“I know there will be another fatal accident, I know it will happen again.

“At the moment we feel like they‘re not listening to us; they’re not taking it seriously, but I’m not the type to give up.”

She added the family’s grief had been compounded by the news that Brian Hampton, below, was to appeal against the six-year sentence for causing the crash that killed Jade and then attempting to evade justice.

Daily Echo:

“It disgusted me when I heard he was appealing,” she said. “I felt sick. It was so soon afterwards.”

But she said overwhelming support from the community in Ringwood had helped the family and she thanked Spencer McCarthy, of Churchill Retirement Living, and Kevin Morrison and all his crew at Ringwood fire station for their efforts to keep Jade’s memory alive.

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8:14am Wed 8 Jan 14

adamello says...

well the governement do have it right, if speed isn't a factor in 97% of incidents then it doesn't need to be fixed. That kind of kneejerk reaction causes us to have a 40mph limit on marchwood bypass
well the governement do have it right, if speed isn't a factor in 97% of incidents then it doesn't need to be fixed. That kind of kneejerk reaction causes us to have a 40mph limit on marchwood bypass adamello
  • Score: 18

8:22am Wed 8 Jan 14

Vix1 says...

Adamello, so when your child gets killed on a dangerous road, you will still feel the same?? I think a lot of roads have wrong speed limits on. It seems that whatever the limit is, a lot of drivers add at least another 10mph to it! Unless the limits are lowered there will be more deaths from dangerous driving.
Adamello, so when your child gets killed on a dangerous road, you will still feel the same?? I think a lot of roads have wrong speed limits on. It seems that whatever the limit is, a lot of drivers add at least another 10mph to it! Unless the limits are lowered there will be more deaths from dangerous driving. Vix1
  • Score: -20

8:47am Wed 8 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

Vix1 wrote:
Adamello, so when your child gets killed on a dangerous road, you will still feel the same?? I think a lot of roads have wrong speed limits on. It seems that whatever the limit is, a lot of drivers add at least another 10mph to it! Unless the limits are lowered there will be more deaths from dangerous driving.
Please- look at Brian Hampton's face. Do you really, truly, think that people like him are going to be influenced by a pole and a metal circle saying 20, 30, 40 , 50, whatever you will?
Drivers' licences have been issued to the best part of 30 million people and another half mill drive unlicensed & undetected because of the lack of police patrol cars.
Believe me, that number includes many dysfunctionals like Brian. Sorry, there isn't an answer; locking the Brians up will be the best we'll manage.
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: Adamello, so when your child gets killed on a dangerous road, you will still feel the same?? I think a lot of roads have wrong speed limits on. It seems that whatever the limit is, a lot of drivers add at least another 10mph to it! Unless the limits are lowered there will be more deaths from dangerous driving.[/p][/quote]Please- look at Brian Hampton's face. Do you really, truly, think that people like him are going to be influenced by a pole and a metal circle saying 20, 30, 40 , 50, whatever you will? Drivers' licences have been issued to the best part of 30 million people and another half mill drive unlicensed & undetected because of the lack of police patrol cars. Believe me, that number includes many dysfunctionals like Brian. Sorry, there isn't an answer; locking the Brians up will be the best we'll manage. Dai Rear
  • Score: 12

9:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

tootle says...

It is not speed limits here that are the problem but the way people use the roads. All those last minute high speed lane changes. Came round a corner by Ringwood on that road one day to find 3 OAPs limping across the road! If people are stupid, don't pay attention, don't drive properly then people will be hurt or killed, including the innocent. No speed legislation is going to stop idiots!
It is not speed limits here that are the problem but the way people use the roads. All those last minute high speed lane changes. Came round a corner by Ringwood on that road one day to find 3 OAPs limping across the road! If people are stupid, don't pay attention, don't drive properly then people will be hurt or killed, including the innocent. No speed legislation is going to stop idiots! tootle
  • Score: 13

9:21am Wed 8 Jan 14

tootle says...

That said I'd be happy with 40 or 50 mph limit on that road.
That said I'd be happy with 40 or 50 mph limit on that road. tootle
  • Score: -4

9:53am Wed 8 Jan 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads.
Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 9

10:07am Wed 8 Jan 14

Niel says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads.
Possibly, IF there's a viable alternative route, too many 'improvement' A roads eliminate local routes... There's nothing to stop a 12 mph cyclist riding along there either!
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads.[/p][/quote]Possibly, IF there's a viable alternative route, too many 'improvement' A roads eliminate local routes... There's nothing to stop a 12 mph cyclist riding along there either! Niel
  • Score: 8

10:16am Wed 8 Jan 14

The irate commuter says...

The answer is to close the petrol station & for a longer slip road for traffic coming on to A31 from Ringwood & the pub.

There are 2 many exits/slip roads on that small section of fast road!
The answer is to close the petrol station & for a longer slip road for traffic coming on to A31 from Ringwood & the pub. There are 2 many exits/slip roads on that small section of fast road! The irate commuter
  • Score: 8

11:37am Wed 8 Jan 14

Torchie1 says...

Niel wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads.
Possibly, IF there's a viable alternative route, too many 'improvement' A roads eliminate local routes... There's nothing to stop a 12 mph cyclist riding along there either!
Freedom of the individual doesn't always go hand in hand with common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Niel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Speed wasn't an issue. Having a 30mph moped on a 70mph road was the issue. A better rule would be to ban these vehicles from A roads.[/p][/quote]Possibly, IF there's a viable alternative route, too many 'improvement' A roads eliminate local routes... There's nothing to stop a 12 mph cyclist riding along there either![/p][/quote]Freedom of the individual doesn't always go hand in hand with common sense. Torchie1
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Wed 8 Jan 14

befriendly says...

No matter what speed limit is applied there are always people who will break it and as in this case banned drivers with no insurance who will break any law. Every time you take any vehicle onto a road you take your life in your hands, for while you may obey the speed limit and drive ultra carefully there are thousands of drivers who do not and can anyone truthfully say they have never made a single mistake whilst driving. I hate to see any accident, how ever small, and every time I pass the spot where Jade died I remember her and say a silent prayer.
No matter what speed limit is applied there are always people who will break it and as in this case banned drivers with no insurance who will break any law. Every time you take any vehicle onto a road you take your life in your hands, for while you may obey the speed limit and drive ultra carefully there are thousands of drivers who do not and can anyone truthfully say they have never made a single mistake whilst driving. I hate to see any accident, how ever small, and every time I pass the spot where Jade died I remember her and say a silent prayer. befriendly
  • Score: 2

1:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SilvanDryad says...

At the time, when people on this site were saying she "shouldn't have been on the road", I asked them to tell me what the shortest alternative route was. Never got an answer - because there isn't one.
At the time, when people on this site were saying she "shouldn't have been on the road", I asked them to tell me what the shortest alternative route was. Never got an answer - because there isn't one. SilvanDryad
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

adamello wrote:
well the governement do have it right, if speed isn't a factor in 97% of incidents then it doesn't need to be fixed. That kind of kneejerk reaction causes us to have a 40mph limit on marchwood bypass
Speeding maybe a factor of 4% of accidents but is a factor of 12% of fatalities, but a knee jerk response is not want is needed
[quote][p][bold]adamello[/bold] wrote: well the governement do have it right, if speed isn't a factor in 97% of incidents then it doesn't need to be fixed. That kind of kneejerk reaction causes us to have a 40mph limit on marchwood bypass[/p][/quote]Speeding maybe a factor of 4% of accidents but is a factor of 12% of fatalities, but a knee jerk response is not want is needed Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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