Con­cern over carparks


Cockburn Gazette - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE Christ­mas rush might be on but mo­torists are be­ing asked to ease off and show more pa­tience while in shop­ping cen­tre car parks.

The call was made by RAC WA as it re­leased fig­ures show­ing the num­ber of claims made af­ter carpark ac­ci­dents dur­ing the lead-up to Christ­mas.

Be­tween De­cem­ber 1 and De­cem­ber 24 last year, 413 shop­ping cen­tre carpark ac­ci­dents were recorded in WA.

Of those, 19 were at Mid­land Gate Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Westfield In­naloo notched the sec­ond high­est with 17, while Gar­den City’s 15 crashes placed it equal third with Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Ar­madale Shop­ping City rounded out the top 10 with eight crashes.

Lo­cally, Phoenix Shop­ping Cen­tre in Spearwood fin­ished 11th with seven crashes.

Six crashes were recorded at Cockburn Gate­way.

RAC WA spokesman An­drew O’Hara said shop­ping cen­tres were high-risk ar­eas head­ing into Christ­mas.

“What we are see­ing are col­li­sions at the in­ter­sec­tions sur­round­ing shop­ping cen- tres, peo­ple driv­ing in and peo­ple driv­ing out,” he said.

Mr O’Hara said vis­i­bil­ity in shop­ping cen­tre car parks can be re­stricted be­cause so many cars and peo­ple are con­cen­trated in the one area.

“We rec­om­mend ev­ery­one be pa­tient, be on high alert, drive cour­te­ously and take time around carparks. Be care­ful when re­vers­ing and be­ing aware that you may be hard to see also helps,” he said.

Add your com­ment at­mu­ni­

RAC WA in­sur­ance claims gen­eral man­ager An­drew O’Hara.

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