An accident just waiting to happen
EVERY time Denis Kettle hears a car speeding past his Teddington Road home, he tenses up and braces himself for an almighty bang.
For 17 years he has worried about the speed at which people travel along the busy road but more particularly where it intersects with Iindah Road East.
On Monday night 17-year-old Maryborough High graduate Adrian Hope was killed when his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was driving the couple along Iindah Road, crossed paths at the intersection with a ute travelling along Teddington Road after possibly missing a Give Way sign.
Mr Kettle, who lives about 100m from the intersection, said if a Give Way sign was not changed to a more visible Stop sign, it was only a matter of time before it happened again.
“We’ve been here 17 years and there have been more accidents at that intersection than we’d like to count,” he said.
“People go through the Give Way signs without looking all the time. The intersection isn’t well lit up or marked and a lot of people tend to forget about the signs when they come down off the hill.
“It’s about time the council put up some Stop signs on Iindah Road – especially with the speeds at which some people travel along Teddington Road.”
Mr Kettle believed many people assumed Teddington Road was an 80kmh zone near the intersection.
“It’s not really designated as a suburb – there’s no real street lights – and people just forget all about the rules,” he said.
“When we first moved here, we thought there were aircrafts landing on the road by the astronomical speeds some of the people were doing.
“Every time someone travels through quickly, I stop and listen to hear whether they make it past the intersection.”