A CUMNOCK woman has called for more to be done to tackle speeding motorists after she was involved in a horror smash near the town.

Justine Rae, 28, and her mum both had to be cut free from Justine's BMW after it was rear-ended in a crash on the B7083 between Auchinleck and Cumnock.

The pair were fortunate to walk away without serious injury - Justine with whiplash, her mum Jane, 48, with severe bruising - after the smash near Knockroon on the morning of Thursday, September 7. 

But mum-of-one Justine says more needs to be done to make sure drivers are aware that stretch of the road has a 30 miles per hour limit - where previously it had a maximum of 40.

Justine described how she was stopped and indicating to turn right on to Rigg Road. just to the north of Cumnock, when a vehicle ploughed into her BMW from behind, sending it spiralling along the road. 

Cumnock Chronicle: The car was left in a heap after the crash.The car was left in a heap after the crash. (Image: Justine Rae.)

She told the Chronicle: "We were waiting to turn right to go up the Rigg Road and then all of a sudden we were smashed from behind and sent along the road.

"The road has changed from a 40 [mph] to a 30, but it feels like the other driver could've been going even faster than 40.

"I do think more could be done to stop the speeding, but it's a difficult job and I'm not sure what the answer could be.

"Me and my mum were lucky to walk away from this one, because it could have been so much different and a lot worse for us and others nearby.

"That road is used for kids walking to school now and it happened early in the morning, so I dread to think what might have happened if things had gone differently and we ended up on the pavement."

East Ayrshire Council approved a traffic order in July 2021 reducing the speed limit on the B7083 between Auchinleck and Knockroon from 40mph to 30mph. 

At the same time the limit on the section of the B7083 between Knockroon and the Lugar Bridge, passing by the Barony Campus, was cut from 30mph to 20mph.

Justine added: "I think drivers need to pay more attention to the speed limit, because it's not the first time something has happened on that road, and it won't be the last if people don't learn.

"The emergency services were amazing in helping us and making sure we were okay after being cut from the car.

"Also Greg Allan, who came to help us as soon as it happened, and made sure we got the emergency services there as soon as we can.

"I just think people need to realise how dangerous the road can be if you're not following the limits or not paying attention, or anything like that."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 9.40am on Thursday, 7 September, 2023, officers were called to a report of a two-car crash on the B7083 between Auchinleck and Cumnock.

“Two people were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock as a precaution.

“A 20-year-old man has been reported in connection with a road traffic offence.”