Yet another speed camera is hacked down on road where young woman was killed by boy racers

Another speed camera has been cut down on a busy road where a girl died. Four average speed cameras were installed along the A4067 between Pontardawe and Ynystawe after years of campaigning by Tracy Kennedy following the death of her beloved daughter Kelly on the road.

Kelly Kennedy, from the Swansea[1] Valley, died on July 4, 2016, after her car was ploughed into head-on by a man who had been racing another at the time. You can read the full heartbreaking story of Kelly’s death by clicking here[2].

Following tireless campaigning by the 25-year-old’s mother a new 40mph limit, reduced from 60mph, was introduced along a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of the busy road with average speed cameras put up along two sections. However, the introduction of the cameras proved controversial for some road users and they have been vandalised several times since being placed. Want less ads? Download WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android[3][4]

In October two of the four cameras were hacked down, and had still not been replaced four months later. You can

Tracy Kennedy had previously shared her disappointment over the damage done to the cameras. In January she said: “I did report it before Christmas[8] and I said it was so disappointing as I had been campaigning for so many years. Then the cameras get put up and you get idiots who decide to cut it down. I was devastated when I was told they had been cut down. I was really upset. It’s just mindless really. A lot of people have said to me, since the cameras have gone up, that it has made a difference.

“I know I can’t please everybody, there are people out there that don’t agree with them, but unless they have lost somebody close to them through speeding they are not going to understand. I just want to try and save people’s lives. That’s all my intention is because I don’t want any other family to go through what we’ve been through.

“I’d like to see them reinstalled as soon as possible so they can keep a closer eye on people and bring the speeding down. As it is now they can still go quite quick along there now because they’ve cut one down on each side. People are complaining that they can’t get here and they can’t get there but all you have to do is leave earlier. Kelly was doing the speed limit but there’s other people who won’t abide by it and that’s why I think it is very important to have the speed cameras there so that they can be caught and dealt with.”

GoSafe, which reportedly manages the cameras, has been approached for comment. For the latest Swansea news sign up to our newsletter here.[9]


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