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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Pedestrians dicing with death on Cumbrian road

Pedestrians are dicing with death by walking at night in dark clothes on a road where drivers have been clocked at more than 100mph.

Police today issued a warning after officers had to “take emergency action” themselves to avoid someone walking on the A66 Stainburn bypass in the early hours.

Motorists were also caught speeding – some at nearly TWICE the legal limit, reinforcing the dangers involved for anyone taking to the busy, fast-moving road by foot.

Officers were out on the bypass overnight to try to cut the number of collisions following a number of fatalities involving pedestrians.

They advised pedestrians about their safety on a road with no pavements or streetlights, saying some people use the main road to walk home after a night out in Workington.

Patrols also mounted speed traps at the weekend.

Eleven motorists were caught driving over the speed limit and will now face prosecution. Another six were warned.

The two most dramatic results saw one driver clocked at 111mph, while another was caught speeding at 105mph. The bypass has a 60mph limit.

Officers have urged people who do chose to walk along the side of the A66 to take as much care as possible.

Sgt Graham Boyd said: “This is a fast road. Anyone walking in the lanes is putting themselves and the drivers at risk.”

Police want people to use taxis or arrange lifts.

If pedestrians must use the road they should wear suitable clothes and have urged them to stick to Highway Code guidelines.

Sgt Boyd added: “I have serious concerns that people are willing to take such risks walking on this stretch of road wearing dark clothing.

“If there are no pavements keep to the right hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic.

“You should take extra care and be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light.”

Last December, a 31-year-old mother of two was killed when she walked home along the A66 in the early hours.

Lisa Suddart, of Seaton, Workington, died after she was hit by a car on December 18.

Officers said they also want drivers to take extra care and be alert.

Have your say

Some people's idea of road safety is shocking. Yesterday, I watched a lady try and lead two children (of around five years old) across the traffic lights at Whitehaven Civic Hall when cars were already coming across the junction from Scotch Street, saying to them 'hurry up'. She stopped them quickly but not before the driver had to slow right down to a stop. Too many pedestrians think they are invincible to cars and when you add alcohol on top of that then you have a dangerous combination. Anyone can make a mistake, but we are all in too much of a hurry to get somewhere. Drivers need to slow down and some pedestrians I have seen really need to have more of their wits about them!

Posted by Anne on 8 April 2012 at 13:29

where would anyone be walking too along this road, that you can't get to along the old road which is much safer and is lit by street lamps in some parts

Posted by albert on 5 April 2012 at 15:23

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