Family face 'terrifying' exit from own drive
A FAMILY plagued by speeding motorists is calling for vehicles to slow down when passing their home.
Ann Caldwell, who lives in Allet off the Tregavethan turn-off near Shortlanesend with her husband Dave and daughter Hannah, said speeding motorists have nearly smashed into her car a dozen times as she emerges from her driveway.
The driveway is set back from the road and the family fear a serious accident will occur. To increase safety, Mrs Caldwell spent £60 installing a mirror so the family could see oncoming traffic. But this has recently been stolen.
All the family members sound their car horns before emerging from their drive as a precaution.
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Ann's father, Mick, 71, has also had trouble getting onto the road.
Mrs Caldwell said: "It's like taking our lives into our own hands; we're plagued by speeding vehicles.
"People do not expect an entrance to a home when they turn off the road out of Shortlanesend. The near misses are terrifying.
"My daughter has just passed her driving test and she's worried that a speeding motorist is going to crash into her.
"People just need to have a little more consideration when coming down the road, which is used as a cut between Threemilestone and Shortlanesend.
"If motorists can just slow down, it won't feel like such a death trap."
The family added that contractors currently converting their farmhouse home also feared for their safety when trying to get out of the driveway.
"The workers are having to be extra cautious. The bigger vehicles are difficult to turn and they've had some near misses," said Mrs Cadwell.
She added: "Why someone would steal a traffic mirror is beyond me. I had permission from the council to put it up. It was sympathetic to its surroundings. It's expensive if we have to keep replacing these.
"If people would just use the lane at 30mph it would be safer for me and my family."