Mansfield mum welcomes new speed cameras set to reduce accidents on road where her son died

Lewis Crouch
Lewis Crouch

A Mansfield mum who lost her 16-year-old son in a collision has praised new speed cameras which look set to “significantly reduce accidents” on a fatal stretch of road.

However, Cheryl Broughton who lost her son Lewis Crouch after a crash between a car and a moped on Peafield Lane, in Mansfield Woodhouse, on February 3, 2017, said she “wished something was done before”.

Casualty Reduction Manager, Simon Taylor, on Peafield Lane.

Casualty Reduction Manager, Simon Taylor, on Peafield Lane.

Mrs Broughton, aged 47, who formerly lived at the Black Bull Pub in Mansfield Woodhouse, campaigned for changes on the road after a motorcyclist in his 40s died on the road just weeks later.

And the road was again closed due to a fatal crash on September 22, 2017, after a 35-year-old man died.

Mrs Broughton, who now lives in Mansfield, said she believes the average speed cameras will help reduce the number of incidents.

She said: “I wish something was done before to help my son. Now moving forward people aren’t going to go through the same tragedy as we did.

“Unfortunately, the way you make people slow down is to charge them and put points on their licence – it will save people’s lives.”

Between January 2014 and December 2017, there were 11 road accidents along the road.

The three cameras, which cost £150,000, use infra-red technology to capture cars at night, taking front and back images of vehicles.

The cameras, between Forest Road mini roundabout and Dennor Drive in Mansfield Woodhouse, were brought forward last year after the number of accidents raised concerns about safety.

Based on the success of previous schemes, Nottinghamshire County Council has estimated the cameras will lead to at least a 50 per cent reduction in accidents along this stretch of the lane.

Simon Taylor, casualty reduction manager for Via East Midlands, which manages the county’s highways on behalf of the county council, said: “We are really confident it will bring speeds down.

“When drivers see speed cameras they know they have to take care so they will drive more carefully.

“This road wasn’t really on our radar until we had the fatalities in 2017.

“Speed cameras are massive investments and there isn’t really a consistent problem on the route – if there was we would go after it with a specific treatment.

“The fatalities were in different places so there isn’t really a pattern for the incidents.”

The speed limit was reduced from 60mph to 50mph in 2012.