Residents back calls for new road safety measures in Whitley Bay

The Links, in Whitley Bay.
The Links, in Whitley Bay.

Calls are being made for road-safety measures to be introduced on a seafront road.

Following the tragic death of William Dorey on the A193 The Links in Whitley, residents have been calling for road-safety measures to be introduced to act as a deterrent to any speeding motorists.

Northumbria Police is still investigating the fatal collision, with two men arrested having been released pending further inquiries.

Local residents say cars can regularly be heard speeding along the dual-carriageway stretch of the Links from St Mary’s Island.

They have called for the police and North Tyneside Council to introduce safety measures – including speed cameras, reducing the road to single carriageway and better crossings for pedestrians.

A poll run on the News Guardian website saw 87 per cent in favour of road-safety measures on The Links.

Chief Inspector Dave Guthrie, Northumbria Police Motor Patrols, said: “Northumbria Police is committed to doing all we can to make our roads safer for everyone and we will continue to identify and take action against those motorists who are causing a danger to other road users.

“This is part of the force’s road-safety initiative, Operation Dragoon.

“We also work as part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative, which is a partnership to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads.

“There are more than 200 camera sites across the region and they are prioritised in line with the location of serious collisions and feedback from local communities.

“Last month saw a change in sentencing guidelines which means that courts in England and Wales can hand out longer sentences and higher fines for those caught speeding.

“The most serious offences could incur fines of up to 150 per cent of the offender’s weekly income and we hope this will act as an additional deterrent to those who speed.

“We work very closely with our partner agencies, including the six local authorities and both fire and rescue services to make our roads safer.

“Operation Dragoon is aimed at educating road users around the importance of being safe on our roads and taking enforcement action against those who cause the most harm, since the campaign launched we have made significant efforts to achieve this.

“Road safety remains important for us and we will continue to do all we can to make our roads even safer.”

A North Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We were all saddened to hear about this tragic incident and our sympathy is with the family and friends at this difficult time.

“We are currently supporting the police. Once their investigations are complete, we will share information on whether there are any improvements that can be made to road safety.”