State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has today called on residents to slow down after a recent traffic study showed vehicles travelling at excessive speed in Maryland.
The study showed vehicles travelling along Maryland Drive are on average travelling well above the 50 km/h speed limit, with speeds pushing 64km/h in some sections.
Police and Council are working on solutions to help reduce the number of speeding vehicles as the section of road has a high crash history.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“This is a residential road and passes near a number of schools, playgrounds and sporting fields.”
“The study shows a history of crashes, including a fatal accident, but people don’t seem to be observing the speed with sections having speeds exceeding 64km/h in a 50 zone.”
“I will be following the issue up with the Newcastle Local Area Command and working with them to find a solution to address speeding vehicles in the area.”
“We have seen a number of accidents recently across the state involving young children being hit by cars and I would hate to see this happen locally.”
“Newcastle Council has also been working on ideas to address the issue and ideas were recently discussed at the Traffic Committee.”
“Nearly 250,000 people across the State were booked for speeding in the last financial year and it is still the number one killer on our roads, contributing to about 40% of fatal crashes.”
“Local residents need to slow down when travelling along Maryland Drive.”