Suburban ‘racetrack’

Geoff King local resident not happy at speeding traffic on Westbury Crescent
Geoff King local resident not happy at speeding traffic on Westbury Crescent

Residents of Westbury Crescent in Bicton say the road is a playground for hoons and a visible police presence is the only way to stop the anti-social behaviour.

The residential street is a tributary road from Canning Highway and Preston Point Road. Along with Yeovil Crescent, it resembles a racetrack, according to locals, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by speeding motorists.

‘They just howl down the road,’ local resident Geoff King said.

‘I could not count how many cars I see race past every hour.

‘About three years ago, we had a digital speed display sign set up and the average speed was 73km/h on the local 50km/h street, but since then, we haven’t seen any traffic calming measures.’

The locals said hooning along Westbury Crescent was not an isolated event around the neighbourhood.

‘The drivers have high powered vehicles, and the point is these people are driving recklessly,’ Mr King said.

Earlier this month, a 28-year-old Willagee man died instantly when two cars collided at the intersection of Pembroke and Harris streets, just 1.5km from Westbury Crescent.

Mr King fears there will be more incidents like that if speed is not monitored more often along local streets.

Police currently put cameras mainly on busy roads and highways, but collaboration with councils could result in cameras being used more in suburbs.

Palmyra officer-in-charge Andy Stevens said illegal and anti-social road use was a policing priority and speeding had been targeted.

‘Palmyra police will target this area for speeding,’ he said.

South Metropolitan Police officer-in-charge Kal Greenaway said police conducted patrols in the area and were driven by intelligence from the public.

‘Our greatest ally is the community when they ring 131 444 and describe their observations, descriptions of the vehicle and of the driver if possible, registration number if possible, time, date and place, because we can then respond in a timely manner, and of course start to see a pattern and behaviours in a particular area,’ Senior Sergeant Greenaway said.