Rochester police are cracking down on hoon drivers.ELAINE COONEY January 21, 2014 4:21am
Rochester police are cracking down on hoon drivers who have been causing a stir on Ramsay St.
Sergeant Dale Simm said he would pay more attention to policing the notorious corner between Ramsay and Cromwell streets.
Les Snelling, who lives on the corner of the two streets, has had enough.
He said the freshly graded road attracted hoon drivers who enjoyed skidding on the gravel and driving at high speeds.
He would like changes to the road to slow drivers down.
Mr Snelling suggested Campaspe Shire Council could seal the notorious corner and install speed and road signs.
Senior Constable Simon Pearson said it was a 50km/h residential zone but speed signs would not change the behaviour of hoons.
‘‘The shire has to alter the road and put in a chicane or traffic island,’’ he said.
Mr Snelling said during the four years he lived in the house he guessed there were about 15 accidents and many more near-misses.
He said at certain times of the year hooning could go on every night — sometimes until 4am — and during the day.
Mr Snelling said he feared for the pedestrians who used Cromwell St to go to the river.
‘‘The high school and state school have one or two classes in the morning and afternoon do study (by the river),’’ he said.
He witnessed a family being terrorised on the road by hoon drivers before Christmas.
‘‘This lady and her (two) kids were riding bikes and three cars came boring along,’’ he said.
Mr Snelling said one child fell into a steep drainage gutter and the other fell off her bike.
He said the children panicked when they saw and heard the cars which was the reason they fell.
He said over the years he had seen many cars stuck in the deep drains because the drivers had been travelling too fast on the road and lost control.
Mr Snelling has been talking with Campaspe Shire Council and said he hoped the residents could meet with council representatives soon.
Rochester ward councillor Leigh Wilson said he flagged the issue with the council’s roads division months ago.
‘‘I do believe it could do with a stop sign,’’ he said.
He said he would follow up the incident with council.
UPDATE: The CFA has downgraded its advice message.
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