Byron council hit over speeding cars

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

IT'S been three weeks since Lucinda Marty's parked van was written off by a speeding driver in Ruskin Street, Byron Bay.

It's also been three years since residents in the area first called on the Byron Shire Council and police to do something about speeding drivers using the road to avoid the town centre.

Ms Marty has lost her van that was parked outside her home, and she said it was only a matter of time before a life was also taken.

"What if someone was in the van?" she asked councillors at the last council meeting.

"There are a lot of young children who live in the street, and it's extremely dangerous."

Ms Marty spoke of her concerns in the public access session of the last council meeting, but received no response.

Byron Shire Council planning and infrastructure manager, Michael King, said he was in the process of compiling a report on traffic movement in the area.

"We've taken on board her concerns and done traffic counts in the street," he said.

"I'll be reporting on the findings at the next traffic committee meeting on June 8."

Mr King said he could not reveal the contents of the report until after the meeting.

Ms Marty said it would be pointless to reduce the 50km/h speed limit in the street, however, the council may be able to re-contour the road to make it less of a 'drag strip'.

She also suggested more police patrols in the area, or a speed camera.

"I want the council to stop putting it off and do something," she said.



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