A weekly newspaper has launched a campaign for speed cameras to be introduced at an accident blackspot where six people have been killed in the last six years.
The Mansfield Chad is calling on its local council to take action about the A60 at Cuckney Hill, between Church Warsop and Cuckney, following the latest death earlier this month.
The paper has launched a petition asking Nottinghamshire County Council to bring in speed cameras on the road to enforce its 50mph limit, which was previously reduced from 60mph.
It launched the campaign after 24-year-old Luke Winter was killed when the Citroen Saxo he was driving crashed with a Ford Fiesta on the A60, with his pregant partner Keeley Nattriss also losing her father Tony in a crash on the same road in 2009.
Editor Tracy Powell said: “We’ve launched the campaign to get speed cameras installed at Cuckney Hill because we’ve reported on each and every one of the six deaths in the last six years, and we have seen first hand the devastation this causes to the families involved.
“We all travel along the road ourselves and we know how dangerous this stretch is. We don’t want to see another life lost, and while speed may not have been the factor in all these cases, it has been significant.
“Speed cameras are the only way to get drivers to slow down and stick to the limit, which we all know seriously cuts down the number of fatalities should a collision occur.
“Already our petition is getting support from the local communities of Warsop and Cuckney, and we plan to present it to the county council in a few weeks time.
It’s really important that local newspapers continue to campaign for a safer, better, community for our readers. We are the voice of our communities and it’s vital that we continue to stand up for them. That’s what local journalism is about.”
The petition can be signed at the newspaper’s offices and at shops and businesses in the Warsop and Cuckney areas.
The campaign has been backed by local councillor John Allin, who said: “Having a speed camera would get my full support. I would welcome any help to get cars to slow down.
“It seems to be getting worse and something needs to be done about it.”