DANGEROUS STREETS: North Bundaberg residents Emily Burns and Lachlan Francis (with their daughter Ava) are worried about hoons in their street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
DANGEROUS STREETS: North Bundaberg residents Emily Burns and Lachlan Francis (with their daughter Ava) are worried about hoons in their street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Woman frightened hoons will crash into her home

FRIGHTENED a speeding car may crash through her daughter's window, North Bundaberg resident Emily Burns would like to see the 50 in My Street initiative in her street.

The 19-year-old said she has seen cars crash, do burn-outs and fish-tail up and down Gavin St and said it was now out of control.

Ms Burns said the cars are constant and do not discriminate from weekdays to weekends but the busiest time was between 8pm and 3am on weekends.

"It happens all the time," she said.

"Cars, motorbikes, P-platers it happens all times of the night.

"They are loud enough to wake my daughter up in fright."

She said the street was long, which could be a reason why the hoons chose it.

And it wasn't the first time she had lived in a street targeted by erratic drivers and after previous incidents had great concerns.

"I used to live on Searle St in Thabeban and a driver crashed in to the house with my nine-year-old sister's bedroom right there," she said.

"I don't know why people have to drive like this," she said.

Ms Burns said she wasn't the only resident on the street who had concerns - neighbours often messaged her about cars hooning on the road.

"A lot of people of this street have young children and it's unsafe," she said.

"We reported it to the police when we saw a driver crashed into the industrial buildings across the road.

"He crashed, scrapped along the gutter and drove off - luckily a neighbour got his licence plate and he was charged."

A Bundaberg police spokesman said four reports about traffic problems in Gavin St had been made this year.

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said, as a former state police minister, he was acutely aware of the dangers of hooning and excessive speeding in suburban streets.

"I support any initiative that ensures the safety of community members who are entitled to expect safe passage when negotiating the quiet streets of their neighbourhood," Cr Dempsey said.

"In the past council has partnered with local Neighbourhood Watch groups in an awareness campaign promoting the 50kmh initiative," he said.

Cr Dempsey said although many streets had a 50kmh limit that did not always stop people driving dangerously.

"I urge people concerned with speed in their suburban streets to report these matters to police," he said.

"Please remember that safety - especially behind the wheel - is everyone's responsibility."


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