Bereaved mother leads fight back against speed camera cuts
A mother who lost her son in a road accident is today leading protests against plans to cut the number of speed cameras in her county.
Clare Brixey, who lost her son Ashley, 20, in a crash in 2004, is protesting outside Trowbridge County Hall to tell Wiltshire County Council that the decrease in cameras will lead to more deaths on the roads.
The demonstration will also be attended by other families that have lost loved ones in accidents. The protest is against the decision to axe the Wiltshire and Swindon Road Safety Partnership this October.
Ms Brixey said: "I cannot just stand by while the Council puts an axe to vital road safety services that save so many young lives here each year. They need to know how appalled local communities are about this – most people fully support cameras and feel safer with them turned on."
Another Swindon mother, Caroline Hannah, said: "The council should listen to the public who want the right to walk safely in their communities without fear of being mown down by speeding drivers."
Ashley Brixey died when a car in which he was a passenger went up an embankment and flipped into a swimming pool. He was knocked unconscious and drowned as a result. The driver had taken the corner too quickly and was shown to have been drinking and taking drugs prior to the accident.