Pinjarra man sick of speeding traffic on Paterson Rd

Allan Hamilton, Cliff Dyer and Gary Fosternally. Picture: Jon Hewson d471054
Allan Hamilton, Cliff Dyer and Gary Fosternally. Picture: Jon Hewson d471054

PINJARRA resident Gary Fosternally is sick of people speeding on Paterson Road.

He claims many people are driving at more than 100km/h in the 60km/h speed zone.

But Shire of Murray claims a traffic count carried out in February found an average speed of 64.8km/h with less than 1 per cent of vehicles travelling at more than 20km/h over the speed limit.

Mr Fosternally said residents had complained to police but nothing had been done.

“We are very frustrated,’’ he said.

“Its every day, mainly between 5.30am and 7.30am and 2.30pm and 5pm.

“We feel totally ignored.’

Mr Fosternally claimed a Shire of Murray report found 83 per cent of road users were speeding on Paterson Road with speeds of up to 160km/h and said he saw two motorcycles revving their engines and street racing outside his house.

He said speeding vehicles included Alcoa workers and limestone trucks.

“But what else can we do?’’ he said.

“Driving at 100km/h in a 60km/h zone is ridiculous.

“I can’t just sit back and let it happen.

“There is a 50km/h limit on South Western Highway, why not on Paterson Road?”

Mr Fosternally said a 50km/h speed limit would only cover between 500-600m of Paterson Road and would upset nobody.

“We are trying to get something done but there is just no focus from the Shire or the police,” he said.

Shire of Murray’s February traffic count forms part of its ongoing traffic count program aimed at continually reviewing trends with the Shire’s roads network.

A previous count taken in the immediate area in March 2012 indicated an average speed of 63.4km/h.

Although a slight increase had been observed, the data highlighted the majority of vehicles travelling inside the posted speed limit.

A Shire spokesman said in the event of community concern, the Shire would forward count data to police for review and help identify target times when vehicles tended to exceed the speed limit.

The Shire would liaise with police in an effort to address residential concerns.

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