10,000 back A141 bid
THE campaign to improve safety on the A141 has now attracted 10,000 supporters. A petition, which can be signed on The Hunts Post website, www.huntspost.co.uk , was set up following the death of 16-year-old Warr
THE campaign to improve safety on the A141 has now attracted 10,000 supporters.
A petition, which can be signed on The Hunts Post website, www.huntspost.co.uk , was set up following the death of 16-year-old Warren Hay as he tried to cross the road to reach Jubilee Park on the edge of Huntingdon.
And while Cambridgeshire County Council investigates options to make the road safer for pedestrians - and motorists - Warren's mother has been talking to school pupils about how to stay safe on the roads.
Maxine Hay visited Sawtry Community College yesterday (Tuesday) as part of a year 10 GCSE project on road safety.
Invited by 15-year-old pupil Ryan Berridge, Mrs Hay said she was "flattered" to be asked and was willing to do "as much as possible to raise awareness.".
She told The Hunts Post: "I am happy to talk to people if it makes them more aware and keeps them safe. What is driving me is that we have to do something about the A141. It could have been anybody who died on that road. It could have happened many years ago and it will happen again if something isn't done."
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Ryan, who lives in Sawtry, said: "Although I did not know Warren personally, he had a lot of friends in Sawtry. I felt it was important to have Maxine visit the school as she can talk from her own personal experience."
He chose the topic of road safety for his GCSE project, as three years ago he was with Amy Gonzales when she was knocked down and fatally injured in St Neots High Street.
"The issue is something I hold close to my heart," said Ryan.
Also visiting the school will be PCSOs, causality reduction officers and road safety staff.
Posters and leaflets concerning road safety were also produced and later in the week students will share what they have learned with pupils at Stanground and Hampton Schools in Peterborough.
Ryan, who wants to be a traffic officer when he leaves school, added: "It is something that needs to be dealt with. The death toll on roads seems to be increasing and people need to be aware of this."
As well as raising awareness of road safety, a group of 26 students including Ryan will this week be raising money for the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group by holding charity football and cricket matches.
The action group and Mrs Hay have vowed to continue the campaign until the A141 is made safe.
They have the support of MP Jonathan Djangly and the parish councils of Alconbury and Kings Ripton.
Only last week The Hunts Post reported another accident on the A141 which resulted in 29-year-old Nina Barber from Huntingdon being airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with head injuries. She has now been discharged from hospital. Another female driver involved in the accident was left with a broken leg, fractured collarbone, soft tissue/ligament damage, severe bruising, concussion and cuts. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital. A male passenger suffered a severe gash to his leg.
The county council is fast-tracking its process for examining the road, but no decision will be made until after the inquest and police investigation into Warren's death.
Young footballers remembered Warren Hay with a minute's applause at Saturday's annual Alconbury Tournament.
INFORMATION: To support the campaign visit www.huntspost.co.uk and sign the online petition or phone John Dunleavy on 01480 350507.