Road safety review commissioned around Northamptonshire US airbase after Harry Dunn death

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Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for transport, has agreed to commission the review

The Road Safety Foundation have now been contracted by Government to look into the safety of roads near 10 airbases, including RAF Croughton, following Harry's death.

Harry Dunn, a 19-year-old motorcyclist, died after being involved in a crash with Anne Sacoolas' car being driven on the wrong side of the road near Croughton on August 27, 2019.

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The American woman, 43, used a legal loophole, which has now been amended, to claim immunity through her husband, who was working at RAF Croughton for the US government, and left the country.

RAF Croughton is used by the United States Air Force as a surveillance baseRAF Croughton is used by the United States Air Force as a surveillance base
RAF Croughton is used by the United States Air Force as a surveillance base

She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving in December but the State Department rejected an extradition request, a decision the American secretary of state said was final.

The Dunn family have since reported how they know of 15 examples of car crashes involving American service personnel because of driving on the wrong side of the road.

Now, the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) are to conduct 'visual safety reviews', which will begin with RAF Croughton and RAF Barford St John, in October.

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Inpectors will look at 83 miles of roads covering the two routes between the bases, and from RAF Croughton.

Harry DunnHarry Dunn
Harry Dunn

They will focus on three routes to Banbury, two routes to Bicester, one route to Brackley and the route between Croughton village and Aynho.

The review into the further eight air bases in England will continue into December.

The RSF have been contracted to also examine videos of the routes, rate the road and recommend safety interventions that could lower the risk of the roads to users.

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Speaking on behalf of the Dunn family, their spokesman Radd Seiger told Press Association: “We approached Grant Shapps to work with us on this project and met with him and his team earlier this year.

“Their response was nothing short of fantastic and we are incredibly grateful to the Secretary of State for getting behind this campaign.

“He, like us, recognises the risks to life and limb in these road environments outside US bases and is approaching the review of road safety absolutely correctly.

“We are glad that the Road Safety Foundation are taking the lead on the review and we hope that some good will come from it.”

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