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Car vs House – Greenfields Western Australia

14 Dec

OK, so this one isn’t technically in metropolitan Perth, but these poor people have had their house ploughed into TWICE. They feel like they have nowhere to turn, and have not been allowed to build the perimeter wall of their house closer to the road, presumably to preserve sight lines for motorists.

In October, a Ravenswood man crashed his utility through the front bedroom of the family home after failing to negotiate a bend.

The car landed on the couple’s bed and it was a fluke no one was killed.

A 19-year-old was charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and driving without a valid licence. He was fined $1450.

On December 4, a car involved in a high speed police chase rolled through a fence and landed on its side. Ryan Norman Bishop (25), of Greenfields, was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with failing to stop, reckless driving, no authority to drive, driving an unlicensed vehicle and possessing a controlled weapon. He was fined $2950 and lost his licence for 18 months.

The article is here in the Community News.

From the charges it is clear that the Police have taken these seriously, but fines and license suspensions really do not seem to deter these chaps. I suppose there will always be that one percent that really shouldn’t be on the road. If we didn’t have such a car-centric city, maybe some of them wouldn’t!

Notably, the City of Mandurah say that:

“It should be noted that for the average road user, the road design is quite satisfactory. But for speed and alcohol/drug-related motorists, the City finds itself having to engineer additional traffic calming and traffic barrier safety.

“This obviously adds to the costs of the city’s road works budget, which in turn impacts upon ratepayers.”

It sounds like a bit of a moan to be honest. I don’t see them doing anything to encourage alternative transport options. There are almost no bike lanes and people are expected to ride on concrete jointed footpaths (shared paths) which follow the curve at every corner and have to give way at every junction and driveway. I have ridden down to Mandurah a few times, and drivers seem to be courteous during the very limited amount of time I spent riding there. Then, I ride on the road a fair bit and don’t have the ‘subjective safety’ issues with riding on the road that a lot of people have, so it’s pretty clear I am an outlier there.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Car vs House

 

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2 responses to “Car vs House – Greenfields Western Australia

  1. Andy in Germanyndy in Germany

    December 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Agreed: they seem to be whining, yet I suspect it was the same council who ten, twenty, thirty years ago were demolishing houses and cutting down trees to make already fast roads faster.

    It occurs to me that a quick and easy way to slow traffic down would be simply to stop repairing the roads for a year: if drivers realise they risk the suspension on their nice new car they’ll soon slow down.

     
    • perthcyclist

      December 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

      they still cut down trees…. and don’t let people build their perimetre fences close to the road – these guys would probably be happy if they could just install their own traffic barrier, no cost to the council, but the council are being a pain in the bum about it! not repairing the roads might help too – though a lot of the road surfaces in Mandurah are already really bad…. I had forgotten how bad the surfaces were until I took the roadie down there and spent all my time dodging pot holes 😛

       

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