Data does not show change needed on Arcadia Dve, despite fatal crash: mayor

Data does not show change needed on Arcadia Dve, despite fatal crash: mayor

MAYOR Barry Sammels responded to Katie Hughes’ petition, saying that until the crash was investigated fully, the City would be unable to act.

Ms Hughes asked questions at the City of Rockingham’s March council meeting on Tuesday, stating her petition already had more than 500 signatures on it.

“Will the council put traffic calming devices along Arcadia Drive?” she said. “Our preference is traffic chicanes which greatly slow the flow of traffic.”

Cr Sammels said he was aware of the petition.

“We are liaising with police and will conduct traffic counts,” he said.

Ms Hughes countered it was “not the volume of traffic – it is the speed”.

He responded stating it was a sensitive time.

“It is a very tragic accident and we are aware the lady involved is not from the area,” he said. “Our condolences go to the family.

“Until it is investigated by police, it would be premature at this stage to install calming devices until the specific cause of the accident is known. Then we can take future action.”

Cr Sammels earlier relayed the same information to the Courier.

“The causal factors for the recent tragedy are unknown and therefore it is premature for the City to make any comment on what responses are required in relation to this location,” he said.

He said past data did not show any fatal crashes.

“Past accident data does not support the implementation of traffic calming on Arcadia Drive,” he said.

“The current data available to the City is for the period from 2012 to 2016, during which time there have been three crashes reported.

“None involved pedestrians, two related to minor property damage, and the third required medical attention.”

Speeding was reported in the area at the same rate as other part of the City, he said.

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