From an anonymous resident on the Rattenbury Road, Stanley Bridge
I am writing regarding excessive speeds on a stretch of Rattenbury Road, especially in the 50 km section, just before the Stanley Bridge roundabout. The 50 km sign is almost completely hidden by tree foliage on the road’s shoulder.
Using a stop watch and a little distance measuring it is easy to determine we get traffic at all times of the day and night, with vehicles easily traveling close to 100 km an hour in the 50 km zone, on what is really not a sound road.
We are seniors and we walk the road to get mail, put out and pick up garbage containers and hike, among other activities. We are hell to cross the road and often seem to be run at by cars and trucks. Having our grandchildren here is an even scarier proposition.
We actually find the driving here shocking and very disrespectful compared to what we are used to. The thing that amazes us is that it seems the local residents in this upscale area seem to accept this as part of life here. Maybe if they all rose up and raised hell the problem on the ‘Rattenbury Raceway’ could be solved.
Aside from cars we get all manner of trucks and even some farm equipment as big as a two-story house and wheels higher than a man – and they travel by as fast as anything else.
If somebody traveled 90 km in a 60 km zone, or 130 km in a 100 km zone, they would be facing a ticket. But 100 km in a 50 km zone on our little road is a routine occurrence. The people who travel at this speed surely would not like it in their neighbourhood. It is just not civilized.
I feel this is a very serious issue because something very bad will happen eventually if nothing is done.