A RENFREWSHIRE countryman is calling for action to be taken to tackle a “dangerous road” after his dog was killed in a tragic accident. 

Alistair Campbell was walking near the B776 Caldwell to Howwood Road with his beloved pooches Jack and Russell, when Jack ran off. 

Before Mr Campbell could catch up with him, the two-year-old Jack Russell was hit by a speeding car and killed instantly. 

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The 68-year-old said traffic on the road has increased dramatically in recent years as city commuters seek a congestion free “rat run” to their destination.

He says Renfrewshire Council officers have promised in the past steps would be taken to improve its safety - but following Jack’s death, he is once again demanding action. 

He told The Gazette: “I took the two dogs for a walk because it is quite quiet around there and generally far enough away from the road.

“Jack ran off because he got enthusiastic about following his nose.

“He ran out and was hit by a passing car and was killed. When I reached him and turned him over his skull was crushed.

“I just picked him up and we walked back to the house and later had a little ceremony and buried him in the garden. 

“Jack was really just a Jack the Lad and his brother Russell has not quite been the same since.

“The road is generally used by people taking short cuts and has gotten particularly busy with cars travelling at more than 50mph.”

Mr Campbell says he has had to move his stables away from the road and a local farmer was forced to completely alter his practice due to the traffic. 

He added: “The road is simply not built for the cars and the speed they are going at.

“I think a 30mph limit would be helpful as drivers tend not to be experienced in rural driving.”

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A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear about the loss of Mr Campbell’s dog during this incident. 

“The safety of all road users is of paramount importance to us and we are always monitoring traffic to see if improvements can be made.

“Ultimately it’s up to drivers to drive appropriately for the road and conditions.”

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