Humberside Police have revealed they have seen an increase in serious collisions on a main arterial road out of Hull, blaming reckless driving, drunk driving and even inexperience as to the reasons why.
There have been almost 10 crashes and police incidents on the A63 since the end of May alone – some of them proving fatal.
Lately, it seems there are delays caused by crashes every day on the A63, sometimes multiple times in the day, leaving many drivers asking what is causing this sudden, apparent rise in collisions and police incidents.
On May 24, the A63 was closed after a lorry hit a bridge between Welton and South Cave, on June 29, two buses and a car crashed and saw the road closed for several hours, and the very next day, the sad news was released that a 27-year-old biker had died after a crash near South Cave.
Sadly, these are just some of the crashes on the main road leading out of the city, with many more not causing major traffic problems, but no doubt minor injuries and lasting problems for those involved.
Humberside Police have admitted to seeing an increase in serious collisions on road in recent weeks, with reasons such as reckless driving, mechanical failures, drink driving and lack of experience given as to why.
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A spokesman for the force said: “The A63 is one of the busiest roads in our force area and we have unfortunately seen an increase in serious collisions on this stretch of road recently. This includes one that happened last weekend where a motorcyclist very sadly died.
“There are many reasons why road traffic collisions occur. These include the most obvious ones such as speeding, drink and drug driving, reckless driving, lack of concentration, using a phone, mechanical error, lack of experience behind the wheel to adverse weather conditions. The list goes on.
“What we always say to drivers is to drive to your limits, never drink alcohol or take drugs and drive, don’t become distracted and always be aware of road and traffic conditions.
“Just last month our traffic officers alongside Safer Roads Humber recently took part in a week-long initiative along the A63 to reduce collisions and tackle motoring offences. This was to deter offending, target drivers who commit traffic offences and protect other road users.
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“We successfully issued 38 traffic offence reports, gave eight verbal warnings, seized one uninsured vehicle and made one arrest.”
Many people on social media have been discussing the A63 as a “dangerous road”, due to the amount of recent incidents.
There have been calls for lower speed limits long the stretch of road, which is currently at the national speed limit, 70mph on a dual carriageway, as well as other suggesting drivers should take a further test to determine their skills on such busy and fast-paced roads.
Along with her South Hunsley ward colleague Vanessa Walker, East Riding Councillor Julie Abraham has been campaigning for improvements to the A63 and the M62.
She said: “The number of recent accidents and incidents is just not acceptable.
“I accept you can’t engineer out bad driving but at least there should be some kind of measures in place to give drivers an early warning if something has happened ahead to give them time to make the necessary diversion.
“Having motorists trapped in their cars with nowhere to go is not right, particularly when the weather is this hot.”
Cllr Abraham said she would like to see overhead electronic warning signs installed along the route.
“You see them elsewhere but not here,” she said. “We have met with Highways England and the message we got back was that the A63/M62 in this part of the world was not considered to be a ‘smart motorway’ and, as such, was not a priority for that type of signage.
“I will continue to put pressure on where I can because I something needs to happen.”
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