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Man launches speed cameras petition after car ploughs into his home

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William Fulton had to leave his home after the crash this summer.

William Fulton had to leave his home after the crash this summer.

A man whose home was left trashed after a car ploughed into it has launched a petition for fixed speed cameras.

William Fulton is living out of a caravan while work to repair his home at Plaidy, on the A947 Aberdeen-Turriff road, can be repaired.

The property was badly damaged after a car crashed into it in the summer. The driver of the vehicle broke his leg, but his passenger, 58-year-old Leslie Stuart, died.

At the time, Mr Fulton said other people who live near the popular commuter route were “sitting targets”.

He has now petitioned neighbours in an attempt to convince road chiefs that the only way forward – and to protect life – is to install fixed speed cameras.

Last night, he said: “I went from door to door from Banff to Turriff and targeted people like myself who have a house that borders the A947.

“I asked the people how they felt about trying to get fixed speed cameras on all the black spots of the A947 and they said that was a great idea – they are sick of lunatic drivers going at speeds over 100mph.

“A fixed speed camera would be a constant feature and would force drivers to slow down.”

He has been joined in his campaign by local MSPs Eilidh Whiteford and Peter Chapman.

Mrs Whiteford said she had written to both Aberdeenshire Council and the police about improving road safety.

“This is a serious issue and it’s important we do everything we can to prevent further accidents at this blackspot,” she said.

Mr Chapman added: “I said during the Holyrood election campaign that this road has been neglected for far too long. Given the cuts to council budgets, we may well need Scottish Government investment if we are to see a meaningful upgrade of the route.

“In the shorter term, I would support other measures that may help to reduce speed and the risk of accidents as the death toll is just horrific.”

Aberdeenshire Council is currently examining upgrades to the A947 as part of a strategic vision for the route.

 

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