‘IT will only be a matter of time before someone is killed’ were the words of a prominent councillor following yet another crash on an accident-plagued stretch of road.
Bernard Peters, ward councillor for Brizlincote Valley on East Staffordshire Borough Council, spoke out after a van smashed into a collision barrier in front of a bus stop on Beaufort Road.
Staffordshire Police revealed that the man driving the vehicle had been arrested and charged with drink driving following the incident.
Mr Peters claimed that ‘enough was enough’ and told the Mail that residents had ‘suffered and lived in fear for too long’.
He said: “This crash took place on a notoriously bad bend and is a regular spot for road traffic collisions.
“This latest crash destroyed a barrier and left tyre marks on a grass verge for around 30 yards.
“To be quite honest, I am fuming that this has happened yet again.
“It is quite obvious that the traffic calming measures are ineffectual and I think we need to sit down with Staffordshire County Council to discuss the matter urgently.
“In my role as a Speedwatch campaigner, having done many surveys on the road and following this later incident, in think it will only be a matter of time until someone is killed on the road.
“This is why we need changes to the road before it’s too late and also why this matter is one of the main parts of my Speedwatch campaign in Brizlincote Valley.
“This incident could have been a lot worse and is time for some action to be taken before it is too late.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail: “We were called to a report of a road traffic collision on Beaufort Road at around 7.20am on Monday, February 25.
“An orange Ford Transit van had been in collision with roadside railings.
“The driver, a 33-year-old man from Derbyshire, was uninjured.
“He was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
“He was charged and released on bail to appear before magistrates at Burton on Monday, March 11.”
The road was previously described as being like ‘a grand prix environment’ when the problem reared its head in 2010.
Residents have long complained that drivers ignore the 30mph limit by avoiding speed humps installed by Staffordshire County Council.