Crashes bring fears for child safety

Carina McMillen with her daughter Ailie and Kim Edwards with her dog DJ and other adults and children who live near the dangerous West Road and Reid Street intersection in Bassendean.
Carina McMillen with her daughter Ailie and Kim Edwards with her dog DJ and other adults and children who live near the dangerous West Road and Reid Street intersection in Bassendean.

Mrs McMillen and Mrs Edwards presented Bassendean councillors with a deputation requesting a review and changes be made to the road layout following an increasing number of accidents and near misses on the corner.

Mrs McMillen said two most recent accidents were ‘hit and runs’ where drivers had recklessly taken the corner, lost control, mounted the verge and crashed into Mrs Edwards’ cars and fence.

‘On both these occasions the drivers fled the scene ” it was just lucky our children or other residents were not in the vicinity at the time and no one was hurt,’ Mrs McMillen said.

Mrs Edwards said she had become extremely nervous each time she heard a car screeching down the road, saying she was convinced they would one day come through her front wall.

She added she was thankful nobody had been killed, but the incidents were also coming at a great expense for her family with the last incident costing $1000 in excess and having to fix the gate.

‘With 10 children living on this corner or in the immediate vicinity, they are often playing out in the front yards or between the properties,’ she said.

‘We need to continue to encourage our children to play outside and in the community. However, with the increasing number of accidents on this corner, we fear for their safety.’

The women said they had previously made contact with the council but were advised a traffic speed and usage monitor could be used; however, this had not yet been carried out.

Mrs McMillen said ideally they would like to see the re-evaluation of Bassendean Parade, a small roundabout, median strips from each direction and earlier signage stating it was a no-through road.

Mayor John Gangell said any alteration would have to go to Main Roads and everything would come down to cost.

Cr Gerry Pule encouraged the women to report each incident to police.