THE Escort Way resident Karen Winner says a reduction in the speed limit on the road is overdue and she is in constant fear a truck will crash into her house.
The 80km/h speed limits on Cargo Road and The Escort Way, on the outskirts of Orange, could be dropped to 50km/h if Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) agrees to a request from Orange City Council.
The spped limit review follows a councillor’s concerns about the increased traffic from growing housing estates in the area.
Mrs Winner’s comments come after a group of Cargo Road residents said a speed limit reduction was “a load of garbage” in an article published in the Central Western Daily on Saturday.
She said the increase in the number of houses in the area meant more people were walking along the side of the road such as young families, children and dog walkers.
She is worried there will be a fatal accident sooner rather than later.
“There are two more housing estates around here now, not to mention cars and trucks that do more than 80 km/h,” she said.
“On one occasion we were turning left onto the Escort Way from our driveway and this car would have been doing 100 easily and it overtook another car on our side of the road, it was so close.”
Mrs Winner’s husband Jay said he had seven children at his house aged between 11 weeks and 18 years and he did not allow them to play in the front yard for fear they would be killed.
“We’ve been here for five years and all the time the trucks do an average of 100 [km/h],” he said.
“I don’t know why people wouldn’t want the speed limit changed? It’s safer for everyone.”