‘Slow down ... or lives will be lost’

‘Slow down ... or lives will be lost’

LIVES will be lost in Dewsbury if drivers do not slow down on a major road, a resident claims.

Steve Scaddan, of Leeds Road, launched an online call for permanent speed cameras to be installed near his home between Shaw Cross and Woodkirk.

It follows a car smash on July 12 in which his wife and daughter were badly hurt.

His Change.org petition had been signed by 587 people by Wednesday this week.

Steve said sometimes there is a mobile speed camera near the Babes in the Wood junction.

“People get to the brow of the hill and if they see there’s no camera they absolutely ton it down there,” he said.

He added that there is overtaking and undertaking and some vehicles do well in excess of the 40mph limit.

“There’s cars and HGVs that overtake me who must be doing at least 50mph or 60mph,” Steve said.

“The people who live on Leeds Road who need to get out of their driveways find it a frightening experience.

“And a lot of children live on here, so I fear it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed.”

His wife Tracey, 35, and Caitlin, two, had to be cut free from their car after it was in collision with another vehicle.

They were pulling into their driveway when there was an accident involving a car travelling towards Woodkirk.

Steve’s petition tells how they had to be airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

He said: “I feel extremely lucky to still have my family alive. The speed on this road does need to be brought down because it’s a residential area.

“And if we don’t get permanent speed cameras then I dread to think what could happen.”

Steve’s petition can be found via https://www.facebook.com/steve.scaddan.9/posts/10209954581923588.

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