CHINGFORD: Safety call after garden crash

Aktar Beg surveying the damage caused to his home by the overnight car crash.

Photo of the crash taken this morning by Mark O'Connor

First published in Chingford East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A FAMILY is calling for road safety improvements after a car ploughed into their front garden in the middle of the night.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a black Ford Fiesta crashed into The Begs' front garden in The Ridgeway, Chingford, in the early hours of April 4.

The family and neighbours were woken by a loud bang at 3am as the car smashed through the garden wall.

And father-of-three Aktar Beg, 60, said accidents in the busy street are common and called for traffic calming measures before someone is seriously injured or killed.

He added: "My immediate neighbours have had their front walls destroyed by speeding vehicles three times in recent years.

"It was really shocking last night when we heard the loud bang. All the alarms went off on the cars, the next door neighbours woke up and we knew it was bad.

"They need some kind of traffic calming measures on the roads. After what happened today and considering the other crashes it is clear this road is dangerous. Many people speed on it."

The impact of the car sent brickwork flying up to the front windows of Mr Beg's house and caused an estimated £3,000-worth of damage to cars and a wall.

But Mr Beg said he was just thankful the crash happened at night and not when schoolchildren were walking by or when his family may have been in the driveway.

"It was lucky it was at that time, it could have caused a huge accident," he added.

"With speed bumps or something at least drivers would slow down. At this stage even the zebra crossing is a risk because if someone speeds they will be run over."

The Guardian is waiting for the council to comment on the issue.

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3:52pm Wed 4 Apr 12

tjw422 says...

If the Council get round to installing 'traffic calming', be aware that speed cushions are less than useless. Kerb to kerb ramps are far, far better.
If the Council get round to installing 'traffic calming', be aware that speed cushions are less than useless. Kerb to kerb ramps are far, far better. tjw422
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4:13pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Oliver_Highams_Park says...

Residential streets should have a 20mph speed limit.

Cars should monitor the speed and location of drivers and grass them up when appropriate.
Residential streets should have a 20mph speed limit. Cars should monitor the speed and location of drivers and grass them up when appropriate. Oliver_Highams_Park
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5:31pm Wed 4 Apr 12

RockingRobin says...

Mr Beg lives on a main road with a 30 mph limit
Mr Beg lives on a main road with a 30 mph limit RockingRobin
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7:07pm Wed 4 Apr 12

tjw422 says...

We live in a road that the council made into a 20mph zone, and they installed speed 'cushions'. After observing some frightening speeds down our side-road, our resident's association got in the SNT to monitor speeds on 2 occasions. We, independantly actioned our own speed checks. We also requested the council reveal the breakdown figures over a 3 week period. The results proved that speed 'cushions' still allowed vehicles to reach up to 50mph regularly. By registering with the council that 3 seperate groups had proved these speeds conclusively, the council then respected the DfT guidelines to councils re 20mph zones, and changed these to kerb to kerb humps, which they should have installed in the first place.
We live in a road that the council made into a 20mph zone, and they installed speed 'cushions'. After observing some frightening speeds down our side-road, our resident's association got in the SNT to monitor speeds on 2 occasions. We, independantly actioned our own speed checks. We also requested the council reveal the breakdown figures over a 3 week period. The results proved that speed 'cushions' still allowed vehicles to reach up to 50mph regularly. By registering with the council that 3 seperate groups had proved these speeds conclusively, the council then respected the DfT guidelines to councils re 20mph zones, and changed these to kerb to kerb humps, which they should have installed in the first place. tjw422
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8:33pm Wed 4 Apr 12

regerme.com says...

Although not suitable for prosecution a time line is useful as intelligence when reporting to police.
Regerme has launched a free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the world wide web.
Useful for all to comment against the registration of the careless or just **** right dangerous drivers
If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you???
Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments.
This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, new driver monitor, how's my driving and road rage reporting components.
PLEASE GET INVOLVED & POST YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE
It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need?
If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comment.
Thank you
Although not suitable for prosecution a time line is useful as intelligence when reporting to police. Regerme has launched a free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the world wide web. Useful for all to comment against the registration of the careless or just **** right dangerous drivers If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you??? Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments. This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, new driver monitor, how's my driving and road rage reporting components. PLEASE GET INVOLVED & POST YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need? If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comment. Thank you regerme.com
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11:59pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Claxon Foghorn says...

regerme.com wrote:
Although not suitable for prosecution a time line is useful as intelligence when reporting to police.
Regerme has launched a free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the world wide web.
Useful for all to comment against the registration of the careless or just **** right dangerous drivers
If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you???
Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments.
This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, new driver monitor, how's my driving and road rage reporting components.
PLEASE GET INVOLVED & POST YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE
It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need?
If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comment.
Thank you
What on earth do you mean?
[quote][p][bold]regerme.com[/bold] wrote: Although not suitable for prosecution a time line is useful as intelligence when reporting to police. Regerme has launched a free to use road safety scheme. The scheme is being promoted across the world wide web. Useful for all to comment against the registration of the careless or just **** right dangerous drivers If you could tell a driver the consequence of their actions could prove catastrophic and as a result make our roads safer would you??? Regerme have provided a FREE to use platform to communicate through the medium of vehicle registration numbers by posting pictures and comments. This innovative altruistic website has road safety for schools, new driver monitor, how's my driving and road rage reporting components. PLEASE GET INVOLVED & POST YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE It's FREE, it works and could save lives. What other reason do you need? If you drive the scheme is not something you can opt out of. Search regerme, log on and check your registration. You may have a comment. Thank you[/p][/quote]What on earth do you mean? Claxon Foghorn
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8:36am Thu 5 Apr 12

Tom Thumb says...

There are two basic problems. The first is that the Metropolitan Police have massively reduced their traffic police over the last twenty years, meaning that bad driving goes unpunished and also that the roads are full of uninsured drivers (who have a worse record of crashes). Traffic policing is not valued by the Met's commanders, who are ferried around in chauffeur driven cars.

Secondly the penalties for atrocious driving are ridiculously light. Even the worst and most reckless drivers who kill invariably get their driving licences handed back to them.

The technology exists both for black box recorders in cars to show how a driver has been driving before a crash, and to keep drivers within the speed limit, but both have been fiercely resisted by the motor lobby.

30 mph is far too fast for a residential area. This speed limit is completely unscientific and was introduced when cars were built to go at speeds far slower than today. But then it is also farcical that cars are deliberately built to go at twice the maximum national speed limit.
There are two basic problems. The first is that the Metropolitan Police have massively reduced their traffic police over the last twenty years, meaning that bad driving goes unpunished and also that the roads are full of uninsured drivers (who have a worse record of crashes). Traffic policing is not valued by the Met's commanders, who are ferried around in chauffeur driven cars. Secondly the penalties for atrocious driving are ridiculously light. Even the worst and most reckless drivers who kill invariably get their driving licences handed back to them. The technology exists both for black box recorders in cars to show how a driver has been driving before a crash, and to keep drivers within the speed limit, but both have been fiercely resisted by the motor lobby. 30 mph is far too fast for a residential area. This speed limit is completely unscientific and was introduced when cars were built to go at speeds far slower than today. But then it is also farcical that cars are deliberately built to go at twice the maximum national speed limit. Tom Thumb
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11:54am Thu 5 Apr 12

myopinioncounts says...

The Ridgeway is a major road through the borough and the suggestion to put traffic calming measures is ridiculous. This was (allegedly) a 19 year drunk driver at 3am, do you think a few speed humps would have stopped him?
The speed humps in Coppermill Lane have no effect, particularly on larger vehicles, if the driver chooses to go over them at speed. The W12 is often driven at more than 20mph. Living on a main road you have to accept traffic noise and a reasonable speed. We cannot go back to the man with the red flag.
The Ridgeway is a major road through the borough and the suggestion to put traffic calming measures is ridiculous. This was (allegedly) a 19 year drunk driver at 3am, do you think a few speed humps would have stopped him? The speed humps in Coppermill Lane have no effect, particularly on larger vehicles, if the driver chooses to go over them at speed. The W12 is often driven at more than 20mph. Living on a main road you have to accept traffic noise and a reasonable speed. We cannot go back to the man with the red flag. myopinioncounts
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8:00pm Sat 7 Apr 12

tjw422 says...

Hi myopinion counts. Regarding Coppermill Lane, are they speed humps, or speed cushions. There is a major difference between them in reducing high speeds.
Hi myopinion counts. Regarding Coppermill Lane, are they speed humps, or speed cushions. There is a major difference between them in reducing high speeds. tjw422
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