Mum's heartache at speed cut snub

Abbey Parker and Brad Cooper

Abbey Parker and Brad Cooper

First published in Local News by , Reporter

A mum who wanted to lower the speed limit on a road where her daughter died has spoken of her heartache after it was decided against.

Louise Rustman-Parker, 39, wanted Essex County Council to reconsider the speed limit in Lower Burnham Road, North Fambridge, after her daughter Abbey Parker died there in September 2012.

Seventeen-year-old Abbey, of Bakersfield, off The Drive, Mayland, and her boyfriend Bradley Cooper, of South Woodham Ferrers, died after the motorbike they were riding was involved in a collision with two tractors.

In the months after the accident, Abbey's cousin Lydia Griffiths and her brothers James and Liam launched an online petition urging the Department for Transport to make rural roads safer.

See this week's Standard for the full story.

 

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1:34pm Mon 5 May 14

e5mitch says...

As unpopular as this post will be cutting the speed limit isn't usually the answer, but it is normally what the authorities go for as it's the easiest option for them.
Education & getting people to adhere to the existing rules would save more life's, but that takes more effort & worst still proportioning an element of blame on those involved in RTC's.
As unpopular as this post will be cutting the speed limit isn't usually the answer, but it is normally what the authorities go for as it's the easiest option for them. Education & getting people to adhere to the existing rules would save more life's, but that takes more effort & worst still proportioning an element of blame on those involved in RTC's. e5mitch
  • Score: 18

8:32pm Mon 5 May 14

Grumpy36 says...

Totally agree with e5mitch.
The speed limit, tractor drivers, farm entrance was not to blame for this tragedy. The rider of the motorcycle was, he was going too fast and had cannabis in his system.
Totally agree with e5mitch. The speed limit, tractor drivers, farm entrance was not to blame for this tragedy. The rider of the motorcycle was, he was going too fast and had cannabis in his system. Grumpy36
  • Score: 16

9:49pm Mon 5 May 14

Jack222 says...

Motorbike accident ... hate to say it but the mode of transport is at fault...
Motorbike accident ... hate to say it but the mode of transport is at fault... Jack222
  • Score: -9

2:34pm Tue 6 May 14

Wilhemena says...

All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???
All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY??? Wilhemena
  • Score: -3

4:25pm Tue 6 May 14

e5mitch says...

Wilhemena wrote:
All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???
Read my first post.
[quote][p][bold]Wilhemena[/bold] wrote: All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???[/p][/quote]Read my first post. e5mitch
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Tue 6 May 14

Grumpy36 says...

e5mitch wrote:
Wilhemena wrote:
All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???
Read my first post.
Absolute Rubbish.

I have driven the road from Woodham twice a day, everyday for the last 10 years, and I have never had an accident or even a near miss......WHY?

Because I drive sensibly and within the speed limits, don't drink or take drugs, or make any stupid overtaking bids.

It's time people accepted responsibility for their actions.
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilhemena[/bold] wrote: All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???[/p][/quote]Read my first post.[/p][/quote]Absolute Rubbish. I have driven the road from Woodham twice a day, everyday for the last 10 years, and I have never had an accident or even a near miss......WHY? Because I drive sensibly and within the speed limits, don't drink or take drugs, or make any stupid overtaking bids. It's time people accepted responsibility for their actions. Grumpy36
  • Score: 13

9:13am Thu 8 May 14

Hawthorne says...

Grumpy36 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
Wilhemena wrote:
All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???
Read my first post.
Absolute Rubbish.

I have driven the road from Woodham twice a day, everyday for the last 10 years, and I have never had an accident or even a near miss......WHY?

Because I drive sensibly and within the speed limits, don't drink or take drugs, or make any stupid overtaking bids.

It's time people accepted responsibility for their actions.
Agreed. If a road has a 40mph limit it does not mean that you have to drive at 40mph. We live in a rural area so there are hazards around any bend, and those bends are usually blind. Tractors, horses, cyclists, potholes, standing water, run-off from fields to name but a few. You have to drive to the conditions. There are enough warning signs for those without basic common sense. If you chose to ignore what both nature and the council are making obvious, then accidents are going to happen.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy36[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilhemena[/bold] wrote: All the roads from Woodham to Tillingham are dangerous and noting is done to reduce speedWHY???[/p][/quote]Read my first post.[/p][/quote]Absolute Rubbish. I have driven the road from Woodham twice a day, everyday for the last 10 years, and I have never had an accident or even a near miss......WHY? Because I drive sensibly and within the speed limits, don't drink or take drugs, or make any stupid overtaking bids. It's time people accepted responsibility for their actions.[/p][/quote]Agreed. If a road has a 40mph limit it does not mean that you have to drive at 40mph. We live in a rural area so there are hazards around any bend, and those bends are usually blind. Tractors, horses, cyclists, potholes, standing water, run-off from fields to name but a few. You have to drive to the conditions. There are enough warning signs for those without basic common sense. If you chose to ignore what both nature and the council are making obvious, then accidents are going to happen. Hawthorne
  • Score: 2

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