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    steveinleo wrote:
    I've been driving in Herefordshire since passing my driving test back in 1977 and there is one golden rule to driving. It is drive to the conditions on the road and pay attention. I drive on average 20'000 miles a year and have motor cycle and HGV1 licenses too.

    This has got to be the lamest excuse to explain why you wrote off a car. Or is it a good way to avoid 6 penalty points on your license for dangerous driving, which would mean re-taking your test.

    I don't see that this article was worthy of print or front page. Perhaps the police should investigate just how fast you need to go to roll a car on that bend.

    Or was the accident not reported to the police which is another breach of law.

    Doh !!!!
    There is no requirement to report the accident to the police. The law says you must exchange details, name address reg no. if damage is caused to third party property plus insurance details to any person injured. Only where it is not possible to provide these at the time is it necessary to report it to the police. It appears no-one was injured and if damage was caused to the fence the driver should provide details to the owner."
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Grass supremo named after cutbacks storm

Warning sign hidden, says teen driver

Rhys' car after the collision.

The sharp bend sign, obscured by vegetation.

Rhys Evans, who escaped with only minor injuries following the collision.

First published in News
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GRASS cutting now has its own county council cabinet member.

The decision follows a public petition protesting the plan to reduce grass cutting in Herefordshire from seven to three times a year.

And it comes after a young driver crashed his car into a field because a warning sign ahead of a sharp bend was obscured by long grass.

The roads and transport portfolio handed to Cllr Paul Rone has a brief for “close liaison” with the council’s contract partner Balfour Beatty over delivery of the annual maintenance plan, which includes grass cutting and street cleaning.

Cllr Rone went hands on with his new brief this week having bought a mower with his member’s allowance to work with businessman Aaron Mullen and other volunteers to keep the city’s sports pitches in order.

One pair who would like to see more mowing are Rhys Evans and his friend Jacob Thompson, 19.

They were travelling to Tillington from Hereford in separate cars when Rhys – who has been driving for eight months – left the road.

He had not seen a warning sign ahead of a bend due to long grass and drove his car into a field.

The friends, from Lower Bullingham, had been travelling in convoy when Jacob – who was in front – lost sight of his friend.

“When I went back and saw the car, I thought ‘oh my God he’s dead’,” said Jacob.

“But his worst injury was from a stinging nettle from crawling out,”

After the pair had calmed down, they realised the sign was hidden in the verge.

“I don’t know how he survived it,” Jacob added. “It annoys me that the accident could have been prevented if the sign was visible.”

In a statement, Herefordshire Council said a team from Balfour Beatty Living Places had been dispatched to ensure the warning sign is situated in its correct position and it is not obscured by vegetation.

Council leader Cllr Tony Johnson said the authority would talk to “anyone” who could make a contribution to grass cutting.

“What’s going on is not Balfour Beatty’s fault, they’re doing what we asked of them,” said Cllr Tony Johnson.

“I’m anxious to address the present situation, but I can’t and won’t bust the budget to do so.”

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