crash victim launches road safety petition
Burnham-On-Sea motorist is to hand a 700-strong petition to Somerset
County Council calling for a road junction where he was involved
in a crash to be made safer.
Carter was badly injured when his van was hit by a drunk driver
at the Pipers Inn junction on the A39 near Ashcott on 7th August.
says accidents are common at the junction and wants traffic lights
installed to increase safety - although Somerset County Council
says the junction has only seen a small number of accidents in
the last ten years.
Carter, pictured, suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including
a broken chest bone and a fractured vertebrae.
who have signed the petition agree that the junction is a "renowned
blackspot", but the council only records serious accidents
and overlooks the many shunts which occur, he said.
do not want it to take someone being killed at the junction before
they do something about it," he told the BBC.
Carter plans to present the petition to the authority at the next
full council meeting in November. The petition can be accessed
Somerset County Council spokesman said: "We would like to
pass on our sympathies to the casualties in this particular accident
but we cannot make any changes to our roads that will guard against
instances of drink-driving."
have no plans for any further changes to this junction. During
the past 10 years there have been only 10 slight injury accidents
lines and speed limits were changed some years ago. Only two of
those accidents have happened in the last five years since the
road safety changes were completed."
Burnham crash victim Paul Carter has launched a petition calling
for safety improvements (pic: BBC)