Drivers still speeding on road where teenager died

A speed camera van.
A speed camera van.

Speeding motorists were caught out 200 times in just three half days after the speed limit was reduced on a road where a teenager was knocked down and killed.

The speed limit on The Links in Whitley Bay was cut from 40mph to 30mph on May 21, and Northumbria Police speed camera vans caught out 200 motorists in the first three half days they visited, a public meeting was told.

North Tyneside Council is looking at what more could be done to tackle speeding on the stretch of road.

Sixth-form student William Dorey, 18, was killed in a crash on the road last year.

He was out jogging when he was hit by a Renault Megane that had lost control and mounted the pavement.

In the moments before the crash on May 7 last year, the driver of the Megane, Joshua Cherukara, had been racing his friend Harry Cable’s Vauxhall Corsa along the coast. Newcastle Crown Court heard he had been doing more than 80mph when he lost control.

They both admitted causing death by dangerous driving and were jailed.

St Mary’s ward councillor, Judith Wallace, said that the community of Whitley Bay was determined to improve safety on that stretch of road and that William’s tragic death should be the last.

She said: “That was one too many, it must be the last.

“The police are right in what they say that they can’t get rid of stupidity which is what led to that tragic crash.

“However, this road is getting busier and busier, it is a residential area and more can be done to improve the safety of the road.”

A public meeting was held at Whitley Lodge School where new road safety measures were discussed.

North Tyneside Council’s highways team have proposed a number of further measures including cutting the dual carriageway down to one lane and a raised pedestrian crossing to improve road safety in the area.

A council spokesman said: “Since the introduction of the reduced speed limit, average speeds on The Links remain high for a 30mph road.

“At the public meeting, we presented a number of possible further measures, which included a lane reduction on both sides of the dual carriageway and a raised table crossing next to the Brierdene car park.

“There was support for the proposals and we will now be exploring whether funding is available to carry out works this financial year.

Laura Hill, local democracy reporter