TRIBUTES: Distraction to drivers

Tributes left at the tree along the Braid at Amble where Dave Jones died in a car crash.
Tributes left at the tree along the Braid at Amble where Dave Jones died in a car crash.
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Although the deaths of three victims of fatal accidents on the road approaching Amble will remain in the memories of family and friends for many years to come, I agree with Coun Jeff Watson that the families should now commemorate their loved ones in some more appropriate way.

It is, after all, some nine years since one of the accidents took place.

If necessary, why not place a small bunch of flowers at the location on the anniversary date of their deaths?

This would be just as symbolic to those concerned and, I would suggest, be acceptable to the public generally.

This type of ‘perpetual’ memorial on a busy roadside is, I feel, unnecessary and is certainly distracting to drivers.

You quote two of those closely involved as saying that ‘people should be able to show their respects however they like’ and that they are not a hazard because ‘if anything they slow drivers down’.

Although we live in a democracy, we are not free to do just as we like, particularly where our actions affect others and which may constitute a danger to them.

If drivers are slowing down, presumably to look at these memorials, then this clearly represents a driving hazard.

I wonder how the families would feel if, as a result of a driver taking their eyes off the road, another fatal accident occurred.

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