Newport family's fear after eight car crashes outside Nash home
1:02pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Gwent news
A Newport family say they are frightened for their safety, after cars crashed on a sharp bend near their garden on eight occasions in the last two years.
Now, after the latest crash on Friday morning, Kate Farmer says she has had enough and wants to see speed reduced on the road before her one-year-old son Oscar is badly hurt.
Mrs Farmer, from Broad Street Common, Nash, said: “There is going to be a fatality here if nothing is done, it is only a matter of time.”
She has contacted Newport council, who put up new road signs and markings to alert drivers to the bend.
But Mrs Farmer says these have not been effective, and wants to see a crash barrier installed to prevent cars crashing through her fence boundary into her son’s play area.
She said: “We have had repeated incidents where people are driving too fast around the corner and coming off the road, ending up through our fence.
“This has happened eight times. It happened when we’d only owned the property for about three days.”
The most recent crash happened on August 16.
Mrs Farmer said: “My husband and I were just about pulling out with a baby in the car. If he’d spun a couple of metres on, he would have taken our car out.
“I feel very at risk and that the council are not taking it seriously.”
She said that council had put up some reflective bollards on the road and reduced the speed limit to 40mph, but this had not slowed traffic down.
A spokeswoman for Newport council said: “Newport City Council has been in regular dialogue with the individual since she first contacted the council with concerns in December 2011.
“The council has investigated the situation and has taken action which includes installing road signs and road markings designed to increase awareness of the sharp bend.
“The council shares the concerns of the individual about inappropriate/irresponsible driving and the detrimental effect it has on road safety and the well being of other users of the public highway.
“However, it is the responsibility of all motorists to proceed at speeds which are appropriate for the prevailing highway conditions and to display due care and attention for the safety of all users of the highway, including themselves and their passengers.”
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