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Elderly Radlett couple desperate for road safety

 Published on: 20th March 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

An elderly Radlett couple are desperate for road safety to improve in Radlett.

Ronnie Charles, 84, is desperately pleading with both Radlett residents and local police to address dangerous driving in the area.

Helen Charles, 75, is partially sighted and she fears for her life when she leaves her house on Aldenham Road.

She said: “It really does frighten me – they drive so fast. They go up to 40-50 mph even when they’re coming around the bend, with no visibility.” 

Ronnie added: “It’s so dangerous. She’s nearly been run over several times at a zebra crossing. 

“We have to be so careful because people just don’t look properly. They speed down Aldenham Road in four-by-fours, looking at their phones and don’t stop at the crossings.

“Elderly people, and especially those who are partially sighted, are in great danger.

Ronnie, who has been a Radlett resident for around 35 years, thinks there is a simple solution.

He said: “I guarantee if the police put a speed camera at the beginning of Aldenham Road, they’d make a fortune and it would eventually stop people from driving so dangerously.

“But so far, nothing’s been done and there have been accidents, and Highways have taken no notice. We’re begging for help.”

Ronnie also believes the problem is more widespread in Radlett.

He added: “If you go anywhere in Radlett, there are a lot of drivers who just don’t stop at zebra crossings. Even on the high street, people are ignorant when it comes to it.”

Hertsmere District councillor for Aldenham West, Caroline Clapper, was in negotiations with transport chiefs in July last year, after two dangerous accidents happened on Aldenham Road, to see how the speeding problem could be solved.

In an update, she said: “I have already funded a feasibility study – this has taken place but I haven’t been given the findings yet. 

“The next step will be design work for a scheme which will go out to Consultation.”

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