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Sign improvements to A31 follow Jade Clark death

  • 15 August 2014
  • From the section England
The scooter parts on the carriageway after the crash
Jade Clark's moped was struck by the car of Brian Hampton on the A31

A stretch of road where a 16-year-old moped driver was mowed down and killed is to be given improved signage.

Jade Clark was hit by Brian Hampton on the A31 near Ringwood on 24 February 2013.

She died from "catastrophic head injuries" when she was then struck by a VW minibus.

The Highways Agency will begin work to install more than 70 "enhanced, clearer" signs on the stretch of road in Dorset on Monday.

Crash cover-up

The agency said the decision to introduce the signs followed a study it did with ex-roads minister Stephen Hammond after Jade's death.

Jade Clark
Jade Clark was killed on the A31 on 24 February 2013

Town councillors and campaigners from Ringwood, Hampshire, were unsuccessful in their attempts to have the 70mph speed limit reduced in 2013.

Hampton was jailed for six years in September after he admitted causing death by careless driving.

He was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice by covering up his involvement in the crash.

In February he lost his appeal against the sentence.

Jade, from Ringwood, Hampshire, was a member of Hampshire Fire and Rescue's youth organisation, the Young Firefighters' Association.

The Highways Agency will also carry out road surface repairs and maintenance work on roadside drainage during night road closures.

The signs will be installed between the M27 and the A338 Ringwood roundabout.

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