Motorcyclist’s death on A134 near Thetford prompts calls for action on road safety

Monday, August 18, 2014
10:05 AM

The death of a motorcyclist following a collision with a tractor on the A134 in west Suffolk has prompted calls for urgent action to reduce the number of fatalities.

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Gheorghe Titiriga, 44, from Thetford died in West Suffolk Hospital on Saturday night after suffering head and chest injuries in the accident at around 12.30pm the same day.

Paramedics from the East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the incident and the motorcyclist was taken by road ambulance to the hospital.

The driver of the tractor, which is believed to have been from a local farm, was uninjured.

An investigation into the cause of the crash, which blocked the road for five hours, is under way.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said he was devastated to hear the tragic news of yet another road fatality in the county.

It is the third motorcycle death on Suffolk’s roads in recent weeks and Mr Passmore described the situation as “intolerable”.

At a forthcoming meeting of Suffolk Roadsafe partnership on September 4, measures to reduce the number of road deaths in the county would be “top of the agenda”, he said.

“This is becoming a major problem in Suffolk and we have to confront it collectively and as a matter of urgency if we are to maintain our reputation as a safe county to travel in.”

The police and crime commissioner, who is backing a “Think Bike” campaign, said measures being considered include the introduction and enforcement of speed limits along the full stretch of problem A and B roads.

Improvements to accident black spot junctions and investment in advanced training for drivers were also on the agenda.

Mr Passmore added: “Roads are getting busier and we know that better driver awareness is absolutely crucial.

“All road users need to allow a bit of extra space to try to reduce the risk for each other and we need to think more carefully when we drive.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the Barnham collision. Anyone with information is asked to call PC Dean Webb of the serious collision investigation team on 101.

A recent report highlighted Norfolk as one of the worst counties for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on its roads in 2013.

Norfolk ranked as the third worst county in the latest figures released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, with 352 people killed or seriously injured during 2012, increasing to 392 people in 2013.

But Iain Temperton, the team manager for casualty reduction at Norfolk County Council, said the figures were just a “short-term snapshot” and they were redoubling their efforts to reduce casualties.

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