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Launch of road safety campaign following 7 deaths

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Having seen 7 deaths in the last nine years, campaigners are calling for road safety measures to be improved on a road in North Yorkshire. A meeting was held about the road on Tuesday, whereby the Wharram-le-Street Parish Council discussed where improvements could be made. The chairman of the parish council, Roger Kay, said that a certain six-mile (9km) stretch of the road is especially dangerous and requires urgent action.

Two women and a man died on the road only two months ago when their car collided with a van on the B1248 from Norton in North Yorkshire to Wetwang in East Yorkshire. It was heard that the deceased were Polish nationals travelling from Hull to work at Malton bacon factory. Many more have died and sustained serious injuries on the road over the last few years. Those at the meeting said that people made regular near-misses on the road due to the steep inclines, twists, turns and blind-spots.  

Police recommendations

North Yorkshire County Council’s road safety team leader, Honor Byford, said that the council would work alongside the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to effectively tackle the problem. She said: “For engineering and infrastructure, the signs and the lines, we need to wait until the ongoing police investigation [into November’s crash] is finished … If any recommendations come out of the police investigation, we will obviously carry them out.”

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