New safety signs to combat Huntshaw crossroad crashes

Electronic safety signs installed at accident blackspot

SAFETY improvements have been carried out at a North Devon crossroads which has a history of crashes.

Interactive signs on the B3232 at Huntshaw Cross near Torrington have been installed by Devon County Council.

The signs can identify vehicles which are approaching the crossroads too fast and flash a message to the drivers telling them to “SLOW DOWN”.

Since the beginning of 2006, there have been a total of 12 reported collisions at the crossroads, seven of which have involved injuries to drivers or passengers. According to statistics, young drivers are particularly susceptible to crashes at the blackspot with seven crashes involving drivers aged 20 or younger.

An annual review of crashes in the area, conducted by council highway officers and Devon and Cornwall Police, highlighted the need for the signs.

Bideford East county councillor Sam Robinson, said: “I welcome this good news; this junction has been the scene of a succession of crashes where the main contributory factor seems to have been excessive speed for the conditions.

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“We heard at the most recent parish council meeting of yet another incident that resulted in very considerable damage and disruption.

“The installation of this interactive sign should make even the most reckless driver curb his or her speed, and I feel certain the local community will see this as a means of making this junction that bit safer for all users.”

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