Mother fights to save speed cameras

A mother whose son was killed in a car accident is due to lead a protest against the axing of speed cameras.

Claire Brixey has been a road safety campaigner since her son Ashley was killed in a car accident in Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire, in 2004.

The 20-year-old was killed when the driver of the car he was in lost control and the vehicle landed upside down in a swimming pool.

Ms Brixey wants to convince Wiltshire County Council to reverse its decision to end the road safety partnership programme, during Friday's protest in Trowbridge.

Ms Brixey, who lives in Standerwick on the Wiltshire/Somerset border, said: "I cannot just stand by while the council puts an axe to vital road safety services that save so many young lives here each year. They need to know how appalled local communities are about this. Most people fully support cameras and feel safer with them turned on.

"When I heard in the news the Government saying they were ending a 'war on motorists', I thought that all they were doing was enabling people to break the law and endanger lives by speeding.

"What about people's rights to use local streets safely? What about people's right to life? The Government should be prioritising saving lives on our roads not accumulating deaths. The cost of a speed camera does not compare to the cost of a life."

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