When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Police comissioner steps into A31 speed row after Jade Clark crash
9:28am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner has stepped into the row over speed limits on a notorious road where a teenage girl lost her life.
Simon Hayes says he “shared the concerns” of local residents and motorists and is arranging top level talks with his counterpart in Dorset to discuss the matter.
But just days after they were told by highways chiefs that not enough people had been injured to justify it, 16-year-old Jade Clark was killed on the same stretch of road when her red moped was in collision with several vehicles.
One of them was a silver Volvo XC90 that drove off from the scene and the driver is now being hunted by police.
As reported on Saturday, a reward of £1,000 is being offered for information leading an arrest and conviction.
Mr Hayes has asked for accident and fatality figures on the A31 and said he was “disturbed” by the latest incident in which Jade was killed.
He said: “I share the concerns of those who are lobbying for a reduction in the speed limit on the A31. I am equally disturbed about this latest tragic incident which occurred just over the border in Dorset.
“I have since requested a detailed summary of incidents within the Hampshire stretch of the A31 from the constabulary's roads policing unit and when I am in possession of those facts I will be better placed to make a more informed view about any value I could add to the debate.
“I will also be speaking to Martyn Underhill, the PCC for Dorset, to seek his views on the issue.”
Angry campaigners are threatening to take the matter straight to the Department of Transport in light of the Highways Agency declaring the route, between Picket Post and the Ashley Heath roundabout, not sufficiently dangerous to warrant a reduction.
Councillors are also refusing to take “no” for an answer and have vowed to carry on lobbying for a speed reduction.
They are being backed by Conservative MP Desmond Swayne who has tried |for 15 years to have |the speed limit on the road cut and said the refusal was “very frustrating” and “bureaucracy”.
- Police chiefs unite to discuss slower speed limits on A31 following death of Jade Clark
- A31 campaigners get crucial meeting with roads minister
- Jade Clark crash: Volvo driver pleads not guilty to causing teenager's death
- Jade Clark death: Man due back in court this morning
- JADE CLARK ARREST UPDATE: Man remanded in custody
- Family pays tribute as Jade is laid to rest
- Hundreds share tributes to Jade
- UPDATED: Hundreds gather at funeral of tragic teenager Jade Clark - with video
- Hundreds expected for funeral of Jade Clark
- Jade Clark: reward now stands at £15,000 as appeal for Volvo features on Crimewatch
- VIDEO: On the hunt for Jade Clark crash driver
- Three weeks after horrific crash which killed Jade Clark, Volvo driver stays silent
- Jade Clark: 700 cars eliminated as hunt for Volvo driver goes on
- Jade Clark funeral date set as police swoop on damaged Volvo
- Search goes on for Volvo in Jade Clark crash
- VIDEO: Convoy of bikes and scooters heads up A338 Spur Road in memory of Jade Clark
- VIDEO: Family and friends of Jade Clark release balloons in tribute
- We'll find you - police warning to Volvo driver in Jade Clark death crash
- Hundreds of bikers in parade tribute to tragic Jade Clark
- Jade Clark to be remembered by family and friends at special event