Reckless drivers in Leanyer an accident waiting to happen

by | May 18, 2020 | News | 0 comments

By Carl Pfieffer

Speeding motorists driving recklessly are becoming a significant issue in Leanyer, according to a Darwin Council alderman.

Alderman Jimmy Bouhoris said he had received calls from several concerned residents about the practice and feared a serious accident could occur if something was not done.

“It’s been happening for a few months now, I myself have witnessed it personally at Peace Park,” he said.

“Some of the behaviours are disappointing … speeding, drivers looking at their phones.”

Most of the complaints have been about dangerous driving on Castlereagh Drive and Savannah Drive, both of which have speed limit of 50 km/h.  

“A lot of them aren’t your typical person you would envisage as a hoon, they are not a young person in a V8 or on a motorbike speeding,” Alderman Bouhoris said.  

“It seems to be tailored more around young mothers with kids who are in a rush.”

Alderman Bouhoris said he had alerted Darwin Council to the issue on multiple occasions and hoped something could be done to change the behaviour of motorists in the area.  

“It needs to be an education thing, hopefully we can get some signs up,” he said.

“They have worked in other areas of the municipality.”  

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