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Speeding trial for Man Utd footballer Ashley Young

Manchester United and England footballer Ashley Young is to stand trial today accused of a speeding offence.

anchester United's Ashley Young as the footballer is due to go on trial today accused of a speeding offence. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Young, 28, is alleged to have exceeded a 50mph limit on the M6 Toll in Warwickshire while driving a Range Rover on March 7 last year.

The former Aston Villa and Watford midfielder faces a further charge of failing to give information to the police about the identity of the driver of the vehicle.

Young, of Prestbury, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, will stand trial at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Family still grieving after father killed on road

The son of a man killed on Sampson Road in Birmingham says the family are still grieving for him, as they campaign to make the road safer.

Speaking at a protest by the Sampson Road Residents Association, Amar Dalie, whose father Saleh Dalie was killed on the road after being hit by a delivery van, told ITV News that all they want is to help the community prevent further deaths.

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Map showing 'deadly rat run' used by speeding drivers

There have been two deaths in 18 months on Sampson Road and Kyott's Lake Road in Sparkbrook Credit: ITV News Central

This map shows what residents have described as a 'deadly rat run' after two deaths in 18 months on a residential street in Birmingham.

Campaigners in Sparkbrook are now calling on the City Council to put in speed bumps to prevent any further accidents.

Council: 'Back our 20 in plenty campaign'

Birmingham City Council has urged residents calling for a road in the neighbourhood to be made safer from speeding cars, to back the authority's campaign to bring speed limits across the city down to 20mph.

It's after residents in Sparkbrook held a protest today about speeding drivers on Sampson Road.

Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, Cllr James McKay said:

"The residents of Sampson Road have my heartfelt sympathies.

Road accident tragedies happen far too often which is exactly why are consulting with Birmingham residents on reducing the speed limit to 20 mph in residential areas across the city. Research has shown that at 30 mph just 50% of people survive.

At 20mph that figure increases to 90% so if we were to do this we could dramatically reduce the amount of traffic fatalities.

We will also start a wider road safety strategy consultation in January.

I would therefore urge Sampson Road residents to support the 20 is plenty campaign and get involved in our road safety consultation."

Birmingham residents campaign against speeding cars

The stunt in Sparkbrook was organised after two deaths in the last 18 months Credit: ITV News Central/Callum Watkinson

A campaign group in Birmingham have branded a road in their neighbourhood a dangerous 'rat run' after two people have been killed in the last 18 months.

The Sampson Road Residents Association in Sparkbrook have today held a protest against speeding drivers who use the street as a cut through from the A34 Stratford Road to the Coventry Road.

A 79-year-old pedestrian died when he was knocked over in October Credit: ITV News Central/Callum Watkinson

Seventy-nine-year-old Saleh Dalie died after he was hit by a delivery van when he was walking to Friday prayers down Sampson Road in October.

The campaign group are now calling on Birmingham City Council to do more to make the road safer.

The group are lobbying the council to get traffic calming measures installed Credit: ITV News Central/Callum Watkinson

Birmingham City Council say it's starting a road safety strategy in the New Year, as well as consulting about reducing speed limits in the area and across the city to 20mph.

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Horse rider explains the moment he was struck by a car on a country lane

A man from Market Harborough has been talking about the moment he was hit by a car on a country lane while he was out horse riding.

Richard Clutterbuck was out riding with his wife in August 2010 when a sports car overtook another car, passing onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head on into his horse that he was riding.

His horse was killed by the impact. Richard suffered a broken vertebrae in his lower back and broke three ribs.

Drivers 'unlearning' what they were taught, say traffic police

Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, Head of Traffic, Nottinghamshire Police, has told ITV News that drivers are not adjusting their driving to new types of rural roads.

A survey by the road safety charity Brake revealed male drivers are more likely to overtake blind and speed on rural roads.

In 2011, almost 1,200 people lost their lives on rural roads.

Road safety charity want speed limits on rural roads lowered to 50mph

The road safety charity, Brake, wants speed limits on rural roads reduced to 50mph.

Figures out today from the charity and Direct Line reveal that male drivers are more likely to overtake blind and speed on country roads.

24% of males admitted to risking the chance of head-on crashes by overtaking blind and 44% said they had broken the 60mph speed limit on country roads.

Our advice is avoid overtaking unless essential, stay well within limits, and slow right down for bends, brows, in bad conditions and in communities. Hang back, slow down and chill out. Prioritising safety above arriving a few minutes faster could spare your family or someone else a huge amount of heartache.

– Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer at Brake
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