Blackspot set to get safety camera

THE go-ahead is expected this week for a road safety camera at a notorious accident black spot in East Boldon.

A camera is set to be installed at the junction of Boker Lane and Front Street after a series of accidents, including the death of 20-year-old Aaron O'Brien in April last year.

More than 500 local residents have signed a petition for action at the location.

And members of Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn community area forum (Caf) will be recommended to agree the safety camera scheme when they meet tomorrow.

Over the last decade there have been 12 recorded personal injury accidents at the junction, many involving drivers 'jumping' red lights.

A report to the committee says: "The police records show that three of the slight accidents and two serious accidents were caused by the driver failing to obey the traffic signals, and there is evidence to suggest this was a contributory factor in most of the others.

"South Tyneside Council takes road safety extremely seriously and has previously made improvements to this junction in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents.

"The traffic light timings have also been changed to allow more time for vehicles to clear the junction before the adjacent lights turn to green.

"Unfortunately, we are still experiencing road collisions at this junction."

Members of the forum are to meet at Boldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery, from 5pm tomorrow. Members of the public are invited to attend.

An inquest into Mr O'Brien's death last month was told how he died on his way to work, and was speeding moments before a crash.

The site foreman for his family's demolition firm G O'Brien, died instantly when his Vauxhall Astra van collided with a Ford Transit, spinning out of control before smashing into a concrete gate post, on the A184 in Front Street at its junction with Boker Lane, in East Boldon.

The inquest heard how traffic lights at the junction were working.

The Crown Prosecution Service could not say whether either driver had jumped a red light.

South Tyneside District Coroner Terence Carney ruled a verdict of accidental death."