Mum Bans Kids From Playing In Front Garden Because Of Car Crash Threat

03/10/2012 12:50 | Updated 22 May 2015
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A mum has banned her children from playing in their front garden because she fears they could be injured or even killed by dangerous drivers.

Laura Harris keeps her daughters Zoe, 14, and Amy, five, inside because the road next to it has become such an accident blackspot.

"There have been more and more accidents in the last 12 months, I've even had a car in the front garden," she said.

"A telegraph pole has been hit, I've had trees knocked down, and cars crash all the time.

"We've had five or six accidents in the last six weeks. When I see pedestrians or prams being pushed along I worry."

She said more than a dozen accidents had happened in Longbridge Lane, West Heath, Birmingham, over the past year.

Six people, including two girls aged seven and eight, were hurt when two cars crashed in June. And there were two crashes in less than 24 hours last month.

Now Laura has organised a 100-name petition, to be submitted to Birmingham City Council, demanding safety improvements.

It's not known why the accident rate had increased but it's believed the narrow road plays a part, with drivers easily clipping kerbs and losing control.

Backing Laura's campaign, local councillor Reg Corns said: "Accidents are happening so regularly that it suggests something is changing in the use that needs serious investigation.

"We need a solution quickly before someone is killed."

The council is putting down an anti-skid road surface as part of a general highways upgrade but has also agreed to review the situation.

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