Richard Drax MP ‘appalled’ over dual road deaths

APPALLED: Richard Drax

APPALLED: Richard Drax

First published in News by , Trainee Reporter

AN ‘APPALLED’ MP says he is pushing for something to be done about a crossing point on a road where three people have died.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax has written to the county council following the fatal accident on the A354 Weymouth Way last weekend.

The crash, which killed 23-year-old motorcyclist Max Fryman and 63-year-old pedestrian Janice Short and her dog, happened in the same spot Lily-Mae Jeffries was killed in 2012.

After five-year-old Lily’s death, safety measures were put in place on the 50mph stretch of road, consisting of pedestrian crossing points and a toucan crossing to the north of Chafeys roundabout.

But since the double fatality last Saturday, residents and councillors believe more should be done.

A reduced speed limit, traffic lights and a footbridge have been suggested.

Mr Drax said: “I was very sad to hear about this tragic accident.

“I have written to the county council for reassurance about what they are considering to do next, for two accidents like this to happen on the same spot is appalling. I am appalled that this has happened again on the same spot as little Lily-Mae Jeffries.”

Mr Drax said he has been in contact with the father of Lily-Mae Jeffries since the weekend.

Last week, Dorset Police told how road safety is still a ‘serious concern’ in the county, which has a high rate of collisions resulting in fatalities and serious injuries.

Last year 28 people were killed and 334 seriously injured on Dorset’s roads.

In a bid to tackle the problem, Dorset Police will be stepping up ‘No Excuse’ enforcement from October.

A sergeant, six constables and two dedicated members of police staff will solely concentrate on ‘no excuse’ enforcement and follow-up enquiries in relation to issued tickets where the motorist failed to respond to the penalty.

Officers will issue fixed penalty notices and also provide an educational booklet which gives guidance on avoiding driving carelessly.

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6:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

Caption Sensible says...

The simple truth is that Weymouth Way has become more dangerous since the engineered 'road improvements' have been implemented.

A fence and a bridge is required in this instance and genuine road improvements throughout the county in general, not more coppers raising money.
The simple truth is that Weymouth Way has become more dangerous since the engineered 'road improvements' have been implemented. A fence and a bridge is required in this instance and genuine road improvements throughout the county in general, not more coppers raising money. Caption Sensible
  • Score: 12

6:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

cosmick says...

Richard getting in the local a bit more, maybe some thing is going to arrive soon.
We are all sorry about the loss of lifes but then at slower speeds and more care they can be avoided.
As for the police, with coppers that nick people for a two tone hooter that plays a tune, going to a wedding well that says it all.
Richard getting in the local a bit more, maybe some thing is going to arrive soon. We are all sorry about the loss of lifes but then at slower speeds and more care they can be avoided. As for the police, with coppers that nick people for a two tone hooter that plays a tune, going to a wedding well that says it all. cosmick
  • Score: 4

7:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

average_kinda_guy says...

Caption Sensible wrote:
The simple truth is that Weymouth Way has become more dangerous since the engineered 'road improvements' have been implemented.

A fence and a bridge is required in this instance and genuine road improvements throughout the county in general, not more coppers raising money.
I agree that it should be fenced off, but there is no need for the expense of a bridge. This road can be crossed safely by the light controlled crossing at Chafeys Rrundabout and by the subway at Westham bridge. For some, including me, this may not provide the most direct route to the nature reserve; but they are safe and if these indirect routes are not convenient, then set off five minutes earlier.
[quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: The simple truth is that Weymouth Way has become more dangerous since the engineered 'road improvements' have been implemented. A fence and a bridge is required in this instance and genuine road improvements throughout the county in general, not more coppers raising money.[/p][/quote]I agree that it should be fenced off, but there is no need for the expense of a bridge. This road can be crossed safely by the light controlled crossing at Chafeys Rrundabout and by the subway at Westham bridge. For some, including me, this may not provide the most direct route to the nature reserve; but they are safe and if these indirect routes are not convenient, then set off five minutes earlier. average_kinda_guy
  • Score: 22

8:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

Get a grip says...

Then we have two policemen booking a car for the wrong horn.
Then we have two policemen booking a car for the wrong horn. Get a grip
  • Score: -1

8:52am Wed 30 Jul 14

Saddler says...

Why not 30 MPH on all town roads. However fast you drive you still have to wait at a roundabout or traffic lights.
The merge in turn lanes at the lights also encourage drivers to race, as some drivers will not accept being second away.
Driving habits in general are very selfish and very poor,. and are policed by cameras. a presence of marked traffic police cars is needed.
The loss of life is a major tradegy to all the families concerned.
Why not 30 MPH on all town roads. However fast you drive you still have to wait at a roundabout or traffic lights. The merge in turn lanes at the lights also encourage drivers to race, as some drivers will not accept being second away. Driving habits in general are very selfish and very poor,. and are policed by cameras. a presence of marked traffic police cars is needed. The loss of life is a major tradegy to all the families concerned. Saddler
  • Score: 8

10:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

The picture of Mr Drax has in the background the short term answer, temporary fencing to stop access
The picture of Mr Drax has in the background the short term answer, temporary fencing to stop access Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 8

10:28am Wed 30 Jul 14

gerbil112 says...

Zummerzet Lad wrote:
The picture of Mr Drax has in the background the short term answer, temporary fencing to stop access
It's a shame that Mr Drax couldn't make it to Weymouth to gave a picture taken. The above is a "stock" picture taken outside his estate on the A31 where cars keep going through his wall.
[quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: The picture of Mr Drax has in the background the short term answer, temporary fencing to stop access[/p][/quote]It's a shame that Mr Drax couldn't make it to Weymouth to gave a picture taken. The above is a "stock" picture taken outside his estate on the A31 where cars keep going through his wall. gerbil112
  • Score: 5

10:28am Wed 30 Jul 14

Dorset Voyager says...

By installing traffic islands and implied crossing points, are not the officers of Dorset County Council complicit in the deaths of pedestrians using them. There is no need to encourage anyone to cross this road at these points. The entry points to these crossings should be closed as soon as possible to prevent further deaths and injuries. I further suggest that the lanes at the traffic lights at the Westham junction be altered so that heading north there should be one lane to turn left into Abbotsbury Road and one lane for straight on. This will prevent the Grand Prix starts from a red light.
By installing traffic islands and implied crossing points, are not the officers of Dorset County Council complicit in the deaths of pedestrians using them. There is no need to encourage anyone to cross this road at these points. The entry points to these crossings should be closed as soon as possible to prevent further deaths and injuries. I further suggest that the lanes at the traffic lights at the Westham junction be altered so that heading north there should be one lane to turn left into Abbotsbury Road and one lane for straight on. This will prevent the Grand Prix starts from a red light. Dorset Voyager
  • Score: 10

10:29am Wed 30 Jul 14

scubadude says...

I pray the council take a common sense approach- Fully fence off the road and direct pedestrians to the excellent existing crossing. No need for bridges, tunnels and lights, all overpriced and stupid wastes of money- our bypass must remain and bypass, a fast (50mph limit) road with no crossings- PLEASE
I pray the council take a common sense approach- Fully fence off the road and direct pedestrians to the excellent existing crossing. No need for bridges, tunnels and lights, all overpriced and stupid wastes of money- our bypass must remain and bypass, a fast (50mph limit) road with no crossings- PLEASE scubadude
  • Score: 21

10:29am Wed 30 Jul 14

gerbil112 says...

Sorry, typo... "have" a picture taken.
Sorry, typo... "have" a picture taken. gerbil112
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

That wall at Drax,s place is a mess, is this the real inspiration for his concern?
That wall at Drax,s place is a mess, is this the real inspiration for his concern? westbaywonder
  • Score: -9

2:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Blacklisted says...

RIP to all those affected in this terrible Accident......as for rent a quote DRAX....time to find a new Career, you are an embarassment to the Good People of South Dorset !
RIP to all those affected in this terrible Accident......as for rent a quote DRAX....time to find a new Career, you are an embarassment to the Good People of South Dorset ! Blacklisted
  • Score: -5

8:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

whatever66 says...

In a bid to tackle the problem, Dorset Police will be stepping up ‘No Excuse’ enforcement from October.

A sergeant, six constables and two dedicated members of police staff will solely concentrate on ‘no excuse’ enforcement and follow-up enquiries in relation to issued tickets where the motorist failed to respond to the penalty.

Officers will issue fixed penalty notices and also provide an educational booklet which gives guidance on avoiding driving carelessly

Has it been proved he was driving carelessly ??????

Are they going to give all pedestrians an educational booklet which will give them guidance on how to use the Green Cross Code so to avoid crossing carelessly ???????

Blocking the Access to the road with wall's will cost about £2000.00 including labour safer and cheapest option after all these paths are not tarmac'd the are dirt track's the council never put them in so no planning permission was given for them.

SAVE LIVES NOW BLOCK THE ACCESS TO THE ROAD NOW NOT NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER LIFE IS TOO SHORT AS IT IS.
In a bid to tackle the problem, Dorset Police will be stepping up ‘No Excuse’ enforcement from October. A sergeant, six constables and two dedicated members of police staff will solely concentrate on ‘no excuse’ enforcement and follow-up enquiries in relation to issued tickets where the motorist failed to respond to the penalty. Officers will issue fixed penalty notices and also provide an educational booklet which gives guidance on avoiding driving carelessly Has it been proved he was driving carelessly ?????? Are they going to give all pedestrians an educational booklet which will give them guidance on how to use the Green Cross Code so to avoid crossing carelessly ??????? Blocking the Access to the road with wall's will cost about £2000.00 including labour safer and cheapest option after all these paths are not tarmac'd the are dirt track's the council never put them in so no planning permission was given for them. SAVE LIVES NOW BLOCK THE ACCESS TO THE ROAD NOW NOT NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER LIFE IS TOO SHORT AS IT IS. whatever66
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Saddler says...

Blacklisted wrote:
RIP to all those affected in this terrible Accident......as for rent a quote DRAX....time to find a new Career, you are an embarassment to the Good People of South Dorset !
Its not his career, its a well paid add on. He is an estate manager I think.
[quote][p][bold]Blacklisted[/bold] wrote: RIP to all those affected in this terrible Accident......as for rent a quote DRAX....time to find a new Career, you are an embarassment to the Good People of South Dorset ![/p][/quote]Its not his career, its a well paid add on. He is an estate manager I think. Saddler
  • Score: -3

9:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

JoeyJo says...

I do wish people would stop referring to this road as a bypass. What does it bypass? It separates a large community from the town and therefore needs proper crossing points. The real problem (in general as we do not know the facts of this tragedy) is the speed of traffic. As others have said the speed limit here should be reduced to 30mph along the whole road. It is an urban road not a bypass and should be treated as such.
I do wish people would stop referring to this road as a bypass. What does it bypass? It separates a large community from the town and therefore needs proper crossing points. The real problem (in general as we do not know the facts of this tragedy) is the speed of traffic. As others have said the speed limit here should be reduced to 30mph along the whole road. It is an urban road not a bypass and should be treated as such. JoeyJo
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The Fish says...

JoeyJo wrote:
I do wish people would stop referring to this road as a bypass. What does it bypass? It separates a large community from the town and therefore needs proper crossing points. The real problem (in general as we do not know the facts of this tragedy) is the speed of traffic. As others have said the speed limit here should be reduced to 30mph along the whole road. It is an urban road not a bypass and should be treated as such.
Quite right, it is called the Western Relief Road (not a bypass), relieving at the time Dorchester Road which used to get very congested during holiday times.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyJo[/bold] wrote: I do wish people would stop referring to this road as a bypass. What does it bypass? It separates a large community from the town and therefore needs proper crossing points. The real problem (in general as we do not know the facts of this tragedy) is the speed of traffic. As others have said the speed limit here should be reduced to 30mph along the whole road. It is an urban road not a bypass and should be treated as such.[/p][/quote]Quite right, it is called the Western Relief Road (not a bypass), relieving at the time Dorchester Road which used to get very congested during holiday times. The Fish
  • Score: -4

1:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

whatever66 says...

The A354 aka as Wessex way = Trunk road = Bypass = Link rd = Ring rd........... No house's or buildings along it ....... so therefore please Wall it off and stop people crossing it now not later SAVES LIVES.
The A354 aka as Wessex way = Trunk road = Bypass = Link rd = Ring rd........... No house's or buildings along it ....... so therefore please Wall it off and stop people crossing it now not later SAVES LIVES. whatever66
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

JonnyT says...

No need for any expensive alterations to the road, maybe a sign indicating a sensible speed limit.
People should drive slower, with both hands on the wheel where possible and leave their mobile devices alone.
No need for any expensive alterations to the road, maybe a sign indicating a sensible speed limit. People should drive slower, with both hands on the wheel where possible and leave their mobile devices alone. JonnyT
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

whatever66 says...

whatever66 wrote:
The A354 aka as Wessex way = Trunk road = Bypass = Link rd = Ring rd........... No house's or buildings along it ....... so therefore please Wall it off and stop people crossing it now not later SAVES LIVES.
what part didn't you like the bit about no house's or buildings or the bit about saving lives??????? or could it be a 'wall so people cant access the road hence no more deaths...... M roads define Motorways.... A roads means main or trunk route where you would expect a reasonably fast road plenty wide enough and not too bendy . sometimes it will be a dual carriage way but not always they pass through cities and towns eg A1 A3 A308 this one being the A354. BLOCK THE ACCESS TO THE DEATH ROAD NOW..... There is adequate crossings either end of the road use them that is what they were intended for .....
[quote][p][bold]whatever66[/bold] wrote: The A354 aka as Wessex way = Trunk road = Bypass = Link rd = Ring rd........... No house's or buildings along it ....... so therefore please Wall it off and stop people crossing it now not later SAVES LIVES.[/p][/quote]what part didn't you like the bit about no house's or buildings or the bit about saving lives??????? or could it be a 'wall so people cant access the road hence no more deaths...... M roads define Motorways.... A roads means main or trunk route where you would expect a reasonably fast road plenty wide enough and not too bendy . sometimes it will be a dual carriage way but not always they pass through cities and towns eg A1 A3 A308 this one being the A354. BLOCK THE ACCESS TO THE DEATH ROAD NOW..... There is adequate crossings either end of the road use them that is what they were intended for ..... whatever66
  • Score: 1

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