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Then turned into some rant about speeding :rolleyes:

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Accident on A281 leads to speed cut calls

PEOPLE living alongside the A281 at Smithbrook, near Cranleigh, are calling for action to cut speeds after the latest accident on a short straight stretch of road.

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Even though the limit has been reduced to 40mph, some motorists still drive too fast, said Smithbrook Cottages resident Trevor Free.

He raised the issue at last Friday’s (July 10) meeting of Surrey County Council’s Waverley Local Committee, less than 24 hours after the fifth accident in two years on the road between Smithbrook Kilns and Smithbrook Gate.

Mr Free was at home when he heard the sound of the accident.

He said a Lotus sports car had ended up underneath another vehicle, a VW Touareg. The driver of the Lotus was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital with an injury to his wrist. Police closed the road for a short time while the vehicles were recovered.

“It was yet another high speed accident,” Mr Free told the Surrey Advertiser, explaining that the drivers of the two crashed cars, which had been travelling towards Guildford, clearly knew each other.

“It was a nasty crash – these cars must have been going far too fast. I was very pleased that the guy in the Lotus wasn’t killed, but how he got out of it I don’t know.”

He said motorists regularly drove along the stretch at 70mph or 80mph and often overtook slow moving vehicles.

“It’s a very dangerous stretch of road – they must put some double white lines down the middle of the road.

“It’s not only the speed – it’s the fact that people are prepared to take chances with overtaking,” said Mr Free. “This is the fifth occasion in about two years we have had a near fatal accident.”

At the local committee meeting Mr Free explained what had happened and said: “Residents are very concerned that sooner or later there will be a very serious accident.”

He asked if there was anything the county could do to help.

The new county council leader, Dr Andrew Povey, said he was working with Surrey Police to help them with enforcement of speed limits across the county, adding: “I will take back your concern and make sure it is taken on board.”

PC Graham Cannon of the Surrey Roads Policing Unit said he had been made aware of the concerns about accidents on the A281.

He continued: “While Surrey Police takes all road safety extremely seriously, this particular stretch of road has not been identified as presenting a disproportionately high risk to motorists.

“We work closely with Surrey County Council highways to monitor the number of accidents at sites around the county and identify areas which may be of particular concern.

“When a pattern emerges at one particular site we examine the potential causes and visit the site to establish the best way to address the issue and improve road safety.”

Explaining that not all road incidents were reported to police, PC Cannon said people who became aware of a problem which might not have been picked up by their analysis could raise the issue with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, either at one of their public panel meetings, by phone or by e-mailing them via the Surrey Police website.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2054346_accident_on_a281_leads_to_speed_cut_calls



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