Tragic crash at Warmwell takes death toll up to 14

Bournemouth Echo: CRASH: The scene of an incident between a motorcycle and a car at the Junction of the A31 and Uddens Drive earlier this year CRASH: The scene of an incident between a motorcycle and a car at the Junction of the A31 and Uddens Drive earlier this year

ANOTHER life has been lost on Dorset’s roads taking the number of people killed in the county so far this year to 14.

The crash happened early evening on Thursday at Warmwell near Dorchester when a motorcycle was in collision with two cars.

The 49-year-old rider from Weymouth died at the scene following the accident involving his Kawasaki ZX900 bike, a Toyota and a Land Rover Discovery on the B3390.

Last week the Daily Echo revealed the shocking toll of the number of people killed in road accidents in Dorset this year.

Now 14 people have died on our roads – six of which were riding bikes or motorcycles – and this figure is already edging closer to last year’s final figure of 18.

Dorset’s No Excuse team have released tips to help ensure road users stay safe on the roads.

Project manager Brian Austin said: “Expect the unexpected and concentrate. Many of the driving public like to drive on rural roads due to the beauty of the countryside and pretty locations.

“Drivers on rural roads face single lanes and limited areas to overtake. They face high hedges, blind bends, farm machinery, other drivers braking suddenly when approaching reduced speed limits and drivers coming in the opposite direction.

“When tackling rural roads it is important to be aware of your surroundings and look for potential hazards.”

1,000 sign road petition

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a stretch of one of the area’s busiest roads to be made safer following a spate of crashes.

Highway chiefs are being urged to tackle the “appalling” accident rate on the A31 by imposing a 50mph speed limit and deploying more signs to prevent sudden lane changes.

The current 70mph limit even applies to an exit slip road with a pedestrian crossing half way along a downhill section.

Critics say many of the problems on the A31 occur on the Picket Post to Ashley Heath stretch, which is notorious for the large number of junctions and the absence of a crawler lane for HGVs struggling up Poulner Hill.

Earlier this year an elderly motorist was killed in a four-car pile-up on the Ringwood flyover. Two months later seven people were injured when three cars collided on the A31 near its junction with the Ringwood to Fordingbridge road.

Now Ringwood Town Council has launched a petition that will be presented to the Highways Agency at the beginning of October. The signatures will be accompanied by a list of proposals that aim to cut congestion as well as reduce accidents.

One of the leading campaigners, Councillor Michael Thierry, said: “It’s not just a petition – it’s a document with ideas for the agency to consider. Better signage would hopefully result in drivers getting into the correct lane earlier and staying there instead of weaving from one lane to another – possibly because they’re not certain which one they should be in.

“The public response to the initiative has been absolutely brilliant. We have given people the option of saying whether they support the petition or not – and only one person has ticked ‘no’.”

Town clerk Terry Simpson added: “Everyone says we’ve got to do something about the A31. It’s often chock-a-block – Fridays in the summer are horrendous.”

  • THE number of fatal or serious injury collisions in Bournemouth has risen over the last seven years by just over six per cent.

The Institute of Advance Motorists compared the averages of such road accidents in 2006 and 2007 with those in 2010 and 2011 to reveal a 6.38 per cent rise, from 70.5 to 75.

Such accidents fell in Poole by 1.77 per cent, from 56.5 to 55.5 and in Dorset by 20.57 per cent from 262.5 to 208.5.

This information was drawn from recent Department for Transport figures which showed that the number of people killed and seriously injured in Britain increased by two per cent in 2011.

Don’t become a victim

The No Excuse team are urging motorists to be safe on the roads by: 

  • Checking the weather.
  • Plan your journey so you don’t have to rush.
  • Check the vehicle.
  • Be considerate and patient, and don’t speed.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don't drive under influence of drugs or drink.
  • Don't drive if you are tired or taking prescription drugs.
  • Expect the unexpected.

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1:17pm Mon 13 Aug 12

catseye says...

surely the time has come for road safety campaigners, and indeed anyone with a scrap of commonsense, to press for safety measures that are unpopular. What is wrong with breath tests outside pub carparks, speed traps without prior warnings, speed limiters on cars and motorbikes, compulsory wearing of cycle helmets, compulsory use of cycle lanes where provided, etc, or have we reached the stage where so called personal rights take precedence over needless loss of life
surely the time has come for road safety campaigners, and indeed anyone with a scrap of commonsense, to press for safety measures that are unpopular. What is wrong with breath tests outside pub carparks, speed traps without prior warnings, speed limiters on cars and motorbikes, compulsory wearing of cycle helmets, compulsory use of cycle lanes where provided, etc, or have we reached the stage where so called personal rights take precedence over needless loss of life catseye

1:35pm Mon 13 Aug 12

PokesdownMark says...

Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt?
Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt? PokesdownMark

2:43pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Dorset Logic says...

Yeah make the A31 50mph, I may just nip through the new forest instead. Why not dig the road up that would help.
Yeah make the A31 50mph, I may just nip through the new forest instead. Why not dig the road up that would help. Dorset Logic

2:44pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Dorset Logic says...

Yeah make the A31 50mph, I may just nip through the new forest instead. Why not dig the road up that would help.
Yeah make the A31 50mph, I may just nip through the new forest instead. Why not dig the road up that would help. Dorset Logic

5:39pm Mon 13 Aug 12

The Renegade Master says...

It's funny how when accidents and fatalities rise it's because motorists are all classed as wreckless and idiotic speed freaks, but when rates fall it's all down to the wonderful work of Dorset Police and their revenue generating "No Excuses" campaign.
This latest tragedy involves yet another motorcyclist. Perhaps it's time all motorbikes were banned from the roads?
It's funny how when accidents and fatalities rise it's because motorists are all classed as wreckless and idiotic speed freaks, but when rates fall it's all down to the wonderful work of Dorset Police and their revenue generating "No Excuses" campaign. This latest tragedy involves yet another motorcyclist. Perhaps it's time all motorbikes were banned from the roads? The Renegade Master

8:37pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Huey says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt?
seconded
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt?[/p][/quote]seconded Huey

8:57pm Mon 13 Aug 12

eyeinthesky says...

Huey wrote:
PokesdownMark wrote:
Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt?
seconded
That's why we have Coroners Inquests.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Is it time for the detailed investigations into serious collisions to be routinely published so that the driving public can benefit from any lessons to be learnt?[/p][/quote]seconded[/p][/quote]That's why we have Coroners Inquests. eyeinthesky

1:42am Tue 14 Aug 12

Wageslave says...

No Excuse team - you forgot DO NOT USE A PHONE whilst driving
No Excuse team - you forgot DO NOT USE A PHONE whilst driving Wageslave

4:25am Tue 14 Aug 12

Phixer says...

The prolem is that accidents never happen to you, you're a safe driver. It's the other drivers who are dangerous.
The prolem is that accidents never happen to you, you're a safe driver. It's the other drivers who are dangerous. Phixer

6:29am Tue 14 Aug 12

EGHH says...

A31 is perfectly OK if you use your common sense. I drive it 4 times per day. The problem is when drivers do not move over into the inside lane when approaching the slip roads to allow vehicles to join safely. Also drivers should be tested when they reach their 70th birthday to see if they have the capability for driving in today's traffic conditions.
A31 is perfectly OK if you use your common sense. I drive it 4 times per day. The problem is when drivers do not move over into the inside lane when approaching the slip roads to allow vehicles to join safely. Also drivers should be tested when they reach their 70th birthday to see if they have the capability for driving in today's traffic conditions. EGHH

9:04am Tue 14 Aug 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Anyone with a knowledge of basic maths will know that what we are seeing is the 'law of diminishing returns'. Which means what ever effort you put into saving lives now will make no difference unless you ban driving.
To the 'No excuses' scampaign, this unfortunate event is yet more justification to allow a doubling, even trebling of their efforts resulting in the entrapment of even more of the predominantly safe drivers.
The law of diminishing returns means they will save no more lives but the 'No Excuses Campaign' of course hit the jackpot via all those additional fixed penalties.
To them it's the 'law of increasing returns'!
Anyone with a knowledge of basic maths will know that what we are seeing is the 'law of diminishing returns'. Which means what ever effort you put into saving lives now will make no difference unless you ban driving. To the 'No excuses' scampaign, this unfortunate event is yet more justification to allow a doubling, even trebling of their efforts resulting in the entrapment of even more of the predominantly safe drivers. The law of diminishing returns means they will save no more lives but the 'No Excuses Campaign' of course hit the jackpot via all those additional fixed penalties. To them it's the 'law of increasing returns'! jobsworthwatch

9:07am Tue 14 Aug 12

BarrHumbug says...

@Renegade Master
Did you study for a degree in road safety to come up with that one? Ban the affect rather than tackle the cause, very clever!
As for the A31, if they really want to make the road safer they need to address the problem rather than proposing a work'a'round. Its no coincidence that all the accidents happen between Ashley Heath and Pickett Post when you look on a map and see that between those two points the entry and exit slip roads are a third of the length.
@Renegade Master Did you study for a degree in road safety to come up with that one? Ban the affect rather than tackle the cause, very clever! As for the A31, if they really want to make the road safer they need to address the problem rather than proposing a work'a'round. Its no coincidence that all the accidents happen between Ashley Heath and Pickett Post when you look on a map and see that between those two points the entry and exit slip roads are a third of the length. BarrHumbug

10:01am Tue 14 Aug 12

a.g.o.g. says...

we now have 6 biker fatalities out of 14 so far this year they reveal but do not say how many out of the 18 fatalities last year were bikers.
national statistics for 2011 reveal that around 25% of all road deathes are bikers and so point the finger at where dorset 2012 problem lies.
we now have 6 biker fatalities out of 14 so far this year they reveal but do not say how many out of the 18 fatalities last year were bikers. national statistics for 2011 reveal that around 25% of all road deathes are bikers and so point the finger at where dorset 2012 problem lies. a.g.o.g.

11:31am Tue 14 Aug 12

derek_acorah says...

The 'no excuses' campaign isn't working. All they seem to do is make excuses. Which wins them a massive hat with 'ironically named team' on it.
The 'no excuses' campaign isn't working. All they seem to do is make excuses. Which wins them a massive hat with 'ironically named team' on it. derek_acorah

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