A Stenhope Cr resident wants the Dunedin City Council to
install speed bumps on the road to stop speedsters. Photo
by Tim Miller.
A Stenhope Cres resident is worried speedsters using the
road will cause a serious accident if something is not done.
Bob, who did not wish to give his last name, had lived on the
sleepy Corstorphine road for many years but in the last 12
months things had ''gone bananas'' with drivers using the
road regularly exceeding the speed limit.
The hoons were usually ''young fellas'' with souped-up cars.
Some lived in the area and others did not.
Stenhope Cr is a 50kmh zone but Bob said drivers often went
faster than 80kmh.
''If a kid ran out into the road they wouldn't have a
chance,'' he said.
Bob had taken down several plate numbers from speeding cars
and reported them to the Dunedin City Council. He had not
gone to police because he did not think they would do
Bob believed the best way to combat the problem would be to
build speed strips on the road.
''It's [the speeding] got to be stomped on somehow,'' he
DCC senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said risk maps showed
Stenhope Cres had a low crash risk and had no crashes in the
last five years. There had been a minor accident in the
nearby May St in that time.
The crescent was unlikely to warrant speed bumps, he said.
Risk maps recorded the number of crashes and classified roads
into one of five risk bands.
Although a road might be classified as low risk it could
potentially contain high-risk areas such as school crossings.
Mr Minnema said low-risk roads were not ignored but resources
were prioritised to high-risk areas.
Dunedin road policing manager Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall
said people were advised to call police if they saw speeders
or anyone breaking the law.
If it was safe to do so, witnesses were advised to note down
a vehicle's details to pass on to police.
Police regularly patrolled the area, he said.