Morley: Broun Avenue traffic causing concerns for residents


Maylands MLA Lisa Baker at the Broun Avenue school zone.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker at the Broun Avenue school zone.

RESIDENTS in Morley and Bedford are calling for an increased police presence at the Broun Avenue school zone to address traffic and speeding concerns.

Concerns include regular speeding during the morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off times between Chisholm College and John Forrest Secondary College, and drivers failing to stop for traffic wardens.

It is understood a number of traffic wardens have resigned due to stress.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said members of the school community had approached her about safety concerns on the road dubbed ‘suicide alley’ by some.

She said the high level of non-compliance along Broun Avenue was “alarming and frustrating”, particularly for traffic wardens.

“Motorists who speed through school zones are displaying a blatant disregard for our children’s safety and the law,” she said.

“Young children can be unpredictable and 40km/h zones give motorists a better ability to avoid accidents.

“I have asked for an increased police presence during school pick up and drop off times, but ultimately the responsibility to drive within the speed limit lies with motorists.”

John Forrest Secondary College P&C president Charles Ellis urged drivers to slow down in school zones.

“It’s common sense… drivers should do right by the kids,” he said.

Mr Ellis said he welcomed increased police patrols, but also said it might not be an option due to police resources.

A WA Police spokeswoman said they had not been advised of any concerns around the two schools.

“Police do randomly target motorists in school zones to assist in enforcing the 40km/h speed zone,” she said.

“Local police are not aware of it being a hotspot for traffic issues.”

She said residents should contact Morley Police if they have information about specific incidents or concerns.