Rat runners warned off Bokarina streets
RAT RUNNING motorists have driven a group of Bokarina residents to take a stand against speeders in suburban streets.
Dune Vista Dr resident Steve Roberts fixed stickers reading 50 in my street to his wheelie bin this morning in the hope it would slow speeding motorists down.
Mr Roberts said in the past year a noticeably increased number of drivers had started using his street to bypass the 40kmh zone in front of the nearby Kawana Waters State College on Nicklin Way.
"From a quiet residential street it's become a bit of a thoroughfare," Mr Roberts said.
"You can hear the acceleration start and they just fly through here."
He said it was common to have drivers speeding through in the mornings and afternoons.
"Some people hedge their bets on getting around quicker."
Bokarina Neighbourhood Watch committee coordinator Lara Blackbeard said one of the first concerns residents raised to the committee when it formed in November last year were the speeds motorists were doing along Oceanic and Dune Vista drives as they avoided the 40kmh school zone on Nicklin Way.
"Residents are reversing out of driveways and pulling out of the beach courts and there were concerns about the rat run through the neighbourhood," Mrs Blackbeard said.
"The Neighbourhood Watch is obviously concerned for the safety of the residents as well as the school children making their way to schools or to Nicklin Way for transport."
She said the committee had applied through Sunshine Coast Council and the police to have the area included in the 50 in my Street project.
"Obviously that's a reminder to motorists that this is a quiet suburban street and that we would like people to adhere to the speed limits as much as possible."
Sunshine Coast Council officers put down traffic monitoring equipment earlier this month and results showed a need for closer monitoring.
Kawana Waters police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Cordwell said police worked closely with Neighbourhood Watch committees.
He said the Dune Vista Dr area had one of the highest numbers of complaints for speeding rat run drivers.
"That's why we have taken this sort of action," Snr Sgt Cordwell said.
"We will police it and increase our enforcement to make sure people are adhering to speed limits."