Booral resident Geoffrey Hoare wants to see the speed limit on River Heads Rd reduced to 80kmh.
Booral resident Geoffrey Hoare wants to see the speed limit on River Heads Rd reduced to 80kmh. Roderick Makim

Residents fear tragedy because of River Heads Rd speed limit

A BOORAL couple wants the speed limit on River Heads Rd reduced before someone gets killed.

"Lives are at risk here," said Geoffrey Hoare, who has lived next to the road with his wife, Nancy, for nearly 17 years.

The two have seen three accidents at the front of their home in the past three or four years and they think it's only a matter of time before tragedy strikes.

With children in the area often riding pushbikes along the road, Geoffrey said the speed limit needed to be changed from 100kmh to 80kmh as soon as possible, especially as both residents and traffic continued to increase in the area.

Geoffrey, a former truck driver, said that in the thousands of kilometres he had driven, he had never seen a 100kmh zone in a built-up area with homes all around.

He said there were about 12 other homes directly on River Heads Rd in his area of Booral, with many more off small streets such as Maddever Rd or Mathieson Rd that branch off.

Geoffrey, Nancy and other Booral residents have spoken to the council about this issue and been told the speed limit was set by the State Government.

"To alter any speed limit, sufficient changes need to occur along or adjacent to the road," the council advised the residents.

"With regard to River Heads Rd from Booral Rd to Maddever Rd ... (there is) sufficient line of sights to comply with the relevant standards according to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices."

Division 7 councillor Darren Everard said he had already tried twice to get the speed limit changed for this part of the road, and he had not given up yet.



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