Speedy so­lu­tion needed

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

ROOTY Hill res­i­dents are tired of cars speed­ing down their streets and fear it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one gets hurt, or worse.

Joe McCarther, who has lived in the area for 16 years with his fam­ily, said the in­ter­sec­tion of Napier and Wolse­ley streets was no­to­ri­ous for cars “fly­ing” past give way signs and ig­nor­ing the 50km/h limit by go­ing “eas­ily up to 100km/h”.

“They used to go to Derby St and use that as a drag strip but a round­about was put there so now driv­ers come to Napier St,” Mr McCarther said. “We get at least one or two ac­ci­dents a week.

“The last ac­ci­dent was last Satur­day night; there were two writ­ten-off cars.”

Neigh­bours are also wor­ried about the risk posed to chil­dren play­ing out­side.

“We’ve called (Black­town) coun­cil about it and they ba­si­cally said un­til some­one is se­ri­ously in­jured they won’t do any­thing be­cause there is a cost fac­tor,” Mr McCarther said, adding a round­about might help.

One crash was recorded at the in­ter­sec­tion from 2011 to 2015, with no in­juries or deaths, according to Trans­port for NSW.

Black­town Coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for the roads, con­grat­u­lated “sen­si­ble” driv­ers and said speed­ing was an is­sue for the police.

But mayor and Ward 4 coun­cil­lor Stephen Bali has urged res­i­dents to con­tact him and said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was needed.

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