Kingfisher Avenue: Ballajura residents in plea to stop ‘drag run’


George David who recently had a driver plow through the front of his house. Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d454975
George David who recently had a driver plow through the front of his house. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d454975

BALLAJURA’S Kingfisher Avenue is transformed into a raceway on weekend nights, according to a resident who had his brick wall destroyed by a car last month.

Some residents have called on the City of Swan to install traffic-calming measures on the 2km loop they claimed was a site of regular speeding.

Kingfisher Avenue resident George David said it was a big problem that the road was used as a “drag run” on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Saturday, May 21, about 10pm, a driver smashed through the solid brick wall and front yard of his home.

The 83-year-old said partygoers on the street crowded on to the lawn to look at the crash, while he and his wife hid at the back of the house.

“My wife and I were so afraid,” he said.

Mr David said he had now installed a roller shutter on his window and would install a gate on his driveway.

He said he had written to the City voicing his concerns about hooning on the street.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said residents had contacted her about the long stretch of open road that was a “huge safety issue”.

“You want to encourage people to use walk paths or walk along the street and when you have people speeding and being reckless, it doesn’t encourage people to do that,” she said.

Ms Saffioti called on the council to carry out a traffic study and install traffic calming measures.

“The aim is to make sure that on suburban roads |people keep to the speed limit,” she said.

“Whether it’s speed bumps, chicanes or even basic speed signs, we’ll leave it to the road engineers.

“It’s a pretty simple thing, we’re seeing it done effectively in other suburbs.”

But chief executive Mike Foley said a traffic study was carried out at the site last year and another study was not required at this stage.

He said no modifications to address speeding were recommended.

“It indicated some vehicles are travelling above the speed limit; however, Kingfisher Avenue is a major access road and this is not uncommon on such roads,” he said. “If people do witness vehicles speeding, this should be reported to the police.”