URGENT: Kent PCC Seeks Smart Motorway Review


Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has said that he does not think the M20 stretch of smart motorway is safe and has called for an urgent review.

The Commissioner’s comments come in the wake of a coroner ruling in January of this year that smart motorways “present an ongoing risk of future deaths” and following the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Dr Alan Billings saying he wants smart motorways scrapped.  The comments were at the end of an inquest into the death of Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, on the M1 in South Yorkshire in 2019, when a lorry driver ploughed into their vehicles which were stood stationary in lane one following a minor accident.

Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch has also asked the governmentfor an urgent review of smart motorways having expressed her concern last year because “potentially life-saving” equipment had not been installed on that section of road.

The widow of Jason Mercer spoke to Jason McCrossan on Maidstone Radio’s Home Time Show about her campaign “Smart Motorways Kill”.   Speaking of the accident that killer her husband, Claire told how her partner Jason and the other driver Alexandru had a ‘minor bump’ on a smart section of the M1 and were “exchanging details, taking photos of the damage and a lorry ploughed into them and killed them instantly” on 7 June 2019.  

Clare told Jason that she had launch multiple legal challenges and that “the voices of decent are growing” against Highways England.

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