Fast and the furious: Gawler’s worst hotspots revealed

Gawler Road Safety Group members Howard Locking, John Lyon, Janet Done, Betty Locking and Debrah Wyatt. PHOTO: Supplied

RESIDENTS have voted on some of the worst streets for speeding motorists, revealing East Terrace as Gawler’s No.1 problem hotspot.

Holmes Street in Willaston and Evanston Park’s Coleman Parade follow in second and third, according to community engagement carried out by the Gawler Road Safety Group.

Group member Debrah Wyatt said the street names had been passed onto police, some of whom are already members of the group, to follow up.

“Our group has already had discussions about rolling out our (50km/h) bin stickers on the top streets that have been identified,” Ms Wyatt said.

“We will be sending out letters to some of these streets soon to let them know that we will be putting stickers on their bins.”

On Wednesday last week, the group rolled out its illuminated road-safety trailer to East Terrace, part of which falls into a school zone.

Group member Betty Locking said East Terrace came as a surprise, given its proximity to a school, the number of cars that parked along it, and its major intersections (with Lyndoch and Carlton roads) at either end.

“There’s kids around, there’s older people who have to cross the road, and not every road has pedestrian refuges or crossings,” she said.

“…if kids are distracted and talking and one starts across the road, you don’t have a lot of time to stop.

“For every kilometre you go over the speed limit, (it) increases the impact on the person.”

Other streets rounding out the top five are Gawler West’s Gum Street and Princess Street in Willaston.

Not making the top 10, but also of note, was Hallam Drive, leading to the bowling club and netball courts, which is signposted as 10km/h but often has motorists going above, and Mulga Street, Gawler West, which has issues with a regular hoon driver.

The Gawler Road Safety Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, at 5.30pm, at Gawler Police Station.

The group welcomes new members, who can enquire with secretary Betty Locking (0414 723 373) or by messaging the group’s Facebook page.

Top 10 roads for speeding issues:

East Terrace, Gawler East
Holmes Street, Willaston
Coleman Parade, Evanston Park
Gum Street, Gawler West
Princess Street, Willaston
Toner Crescent, Evanston Park
Cheek Avenue, Gawler East
Sunnyside Drive, Evanston Park
Britton Street, Gawler West
Krieg Road, Evanston Park

Ellouise Crawford

@ElleCrawford90

Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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