Crash adds to parents’ fears

A recent car crash near Inglewood Pre- Primary School on Hamer Parade.
A recent car crash near Inglewood Pre- Primary School on Hamer Parade.

Last year, the Guardian Express reported on a crash in which one car ended up against the pre-primary school’s cyclone fence. Earlier this month, a second accident occurred on the opposite side of Hamer Parade, just before the school’s finishing time.

Parents last year petitioned the State Government and City of Stirling to make Hamer Parade and the intersection with Walter Road safer.

Aileen Johnson, a parent at the school, said the latest accident highlighted the need to improve safety on the roads.

‘I think there are two major problems, speed is definitely one,’ she said. ‘This is where the flashing lights would help.

‘Secondly, driver inattention at that intersection is shocking.’

Earlier this year, orange toppers were placed on the existing 40km/h school zone signs and the installation of flashing lights is being considered to highlight the lower speed limit as part of the 2014/15 electronic signs program, to be announced in the new financial year.

But Ms Johnson said more measures should be taken by the City of Stirling to reduce the risk to children and parents.

‘I think Eighth Avenue between Hamer Parade and Walter Road should be blocked off to become a no-through road,’ she said.

‘This would make the intersection out the front of the school a T-intersection rather than a four way one.’

But City of Stirling engineering design acting manager Rainer Walkor said the City would not support this as it would put extra pressure on Hamer Parade.

‘According to the latest traffic count data, this section of Eighth Avenue to the north of Hamer Parade carriers 415 vehicles per day,’ he said. ‘If the road was closed, as requested by the parents, the majority of this traffic would be redistributed on Hamer Parade, a road that is already nearing its capacity.

‘The additional traffic would also create safety issues at the intersection of Hamer Parade and Walter Road West.

‘As such, this measure would not be supported by the City or the residents due to the impact on the amenity and safety on the surrounding road network.’