Girl's injuries prompt road safety campaign
CAMPAIGNERS are calling for road safety measures after a seven-year-old Katie Moss was in collision with a car in Cashes Green.
The youngster has been left with a broken right leg and tyre burns after she was struck by a Landrover Discover while playing in Stanton Road.
There is no suggestion the driver was at fault.
But Stanton Road residents say other motorists go through the estate at speed.
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Now they have joined forces to launch a petition calling for traffic calming.
"Katie's very lucky, I don't want to see another child die," said her mum Lianne Harris.
"Drivers come speeding through thinking they look good. Well they won't be looking good when they kill someone. I hope this is a bit of a wake-up call."
Katie's neighbour Adrian Timbrell witnessed the accident on Friday and says he has already collected more than 250 signatures on the petition.
He said: "It is lucky that it was a careful driver who wasn't driving at speed.
"If it had been a speeding car we could be looking at a death."
Adrian added: "There have been children playing out on the estate for 20 years but cars have got faster.
"The problem isn't just on our road, it's the whole estate."
Police have been informed of the accident involving Katie and are taking no action.
Mark Rees, a Stroud district councillor for Cainscross, is backing the residents' campaign.
"It takes an accident like this to get some action," said Coun Rees (Lab).
The issue was discussed at Cainscross Parish Council on Monday night. Its members plan to discuss road safety measures with Gloucestershire County Council's highways department.
"We all need to work together for the good of the community," said Coun Rees.
Stroud county councillor Sarah Lunnon (Green) has long been calling for 20mph speed limits in residential areas throughout the town.
"All it takes is for our children to behave in a normal childlike manner and the penalty can be immense," she said.
"We have, literally, imprisoned most of our children. For pedestrians it can be one false step and you're dead.
"Our children should have the same choice that their grandparents had, to be able to walk or cycle to school, to visit their friends and to play outside."