City told of traffic chaos

Christine Hayes urged the council to ‘put its best foot forward” and find a solution at its meeting last week.

With schools at either end of the street, Ms Hayes told how children were forced to dodge cars, about drivers abusing those who slowed down and of vehicles driving on the pavement.

Ms Hayes said a car on the pavement recently pushed a cyclist into traffic and there had been two accidents in four days, including a rollover.

‘We have had enough,” she said.

‘Surely we are entitled to be safe.

‘A death will surely happen and we just hope it’s not a child.

‘If the council will not help us, what are we to do?”

Mrs Hayes told councillors the council web site stated its commitment to safety for residents and visitors.

‘We do realise it is a police matter but they can not be there 24 hours a day,” she said.

Videos taken of drivers on pathways have been handed to police.

Council officers carried out a traffic study after earlier complaints and found Coodanup Drive was operating in accordance with its designated function, but there was an argument to enhance the amenity of the street.

Deputy Mayor Darren Lee said he had worked closely with residents and was disturbed people still disregarded the law.

He claimed vehicles travelling to Mandurah Catholic College were using the footpath as an overtaking lane.

Cr Shane Jones suggested traffic lights be installed on the Coodanup Drive-Mandurah bypass intersection.

Director of Works and Services Allan Claydon said traffic lights were based on accident figures but he would talk to Main Roads WA.

The council will meet with residents to present the findings of the traffic study, continue monitoring the situation and ask the police to check streets known to be speeding areas.