William Maker Drive becomes 120km/h drag strip for hoons

RACE TRACK: Councillor Glenn Taylor on William Maker Drive, near Glasson Drive. He believes traffic-calming measures are essential to curb high speeds. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
RACE TRACK: Councillor Glenn Taylor on William Maker Drive, near Glasson Drive. He believes traffic-calming measures are essential to curb high speeds. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CARS are travelling along William Maker Drive in excess of 120km/h and councillor Glenn Taylor wants them stopped.

Cr Taylor asked the City of Orange traffic committee to investigate speed reduction measures for a long straight between Romano Drive and Dimboola Way after residents approached him with safety concerns.

“It’s like Conrod Straight [at Mount Panorama], it really is,” he said. 

“I grew up in Bathurst and I know what a race car sounds like and it’s absolutely getting perilous – they go for it,” he said.

I grew up in Bathurst and I know what a race car sounds like... One got towards 120, 30, 40 kilometres an hour.

Councillor Glenn Taylor

“One got towards 120, 30, 40 kilometres an hour.”

He said the subdivision was ever growing and popular with young families and the high quality of the road surface lent itself to high speeds.

“All you need is a kid on a bike at the wrong time and it’s disaster,” he said.

“If a child is injured or worse, it not only destroys the driver’s life, it destroys a family’s life with the grief and the damage it causes.”

With the speed limit already set at 50km/h from the Northern Distributor Road intersection, Cr Taylor said he would leave it to the traffic committee to find a suitable solution.

However, he believed a police blitz could stop serial offenders in the short term and installing pedestrian access blisters to narrow the road might also be appropriate.

“Drivers will know they have to slow from the narrowing of the road,” he said

“Speed humps are good for slowing down traffic, but they are an inconvenience for other residents.

“There’s got to be some sort of calming measure – it’s a major wide road.”

Orange City Council is in the process of rolling out pedestrian access blisters at several intersections including March and Sale streets, Moulder and Sale streets, Prince and Clinton streets, Sale and Warrendine streets, Dalton and Spring streets and Coronation Drive and Frost Street.

The work is part of $15.2 million-worth of projects during the current road-building season.

The traffic committee will review the area.

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