Mum’s fight to stop speeders

Yvette Cooper, Tracey Milner and PC Phil Carr with the new traffic calming measures on Pineapple Hill.
Yvette Cooper, Tracey Milner and PC Phil Carr with the new traffic calming measures on Pineapple Hill.

A MUM has launched a campaign to stop drivers speeding along a busy road where her son was killed.

Normanton rugby player Gareth Swift, 19, died in a car crash on the A655 Black Road between Heath and Normanton last April.

The driver - Mr Swift’s friend Charles Tosh - was jailed for four years after he lost control of the speeding vehicle while he was drunk.

Now Mr Swift’s mum Tracey Milner has got police to spend more time catching speeding motorists on the 40mph road and Wakefield Council has put up new traffic calming signs.

Mrs Milner, 43, of Wheatley Avenue, Normanton, said: “I do not want any other mother to go through what I have. I still miss him terribly.

“The traffic speeds along this road and my son and other people have been killed.”

Traffic officers from Normanton have already fined two motorists for travelling more than 50mph and they will be out with their speed guns regularly.

Mrs Milner is now calling for a flashing speed sign and speed cameras along the stretch.

She has been backed by Normanton MP Yvette Cooper, who said: “This is the first step to getting the message out there. We want people to think and drive more safely.”