Expected accident finally happened
By CRAIG McTEAR
MATTHEW McBurney hates to think what could have happened if his two children had been playing in their Plantation Avenue front yard last Thursday afternoon.
That's when a car tore across his lawn, hitting two trailers and his boat before crashing over his brick retaining wall.
It was an accident he's been expecting for some time.
"My kids are always out there playing, but thankfully, they were both in Sydney with their grandparents," Matthew, 33, said.
"Other kids in the street often sit on the wall and wave to the passing cars."
Police said a Corolla ended up in his yard after the driver, who was later fined, failed to give way as he turned out of Murray Drive onto Beryl Street, where it collided with a westbound Mazda.
The Corolla driver was treated at hospital for a cut forehead, while a passenger in the other car suffered a seizure.
Matthew and his partner, Susan, returned from shopping to see the fire brigade, police and ambulance vehicles outside their home.
"Susan panicked. She thought the house was on fire, but then we saw the car over our wall," Matthew said.
He said the Murray Drive/Beryl Street/Plantation Avenue intersection was dangerous. One solution was to replace the two existing give way signs with stop signs.
"It's a hard one to see," he said.
But an even bigger concern is the number of speedsters who tear up and down Beryl Street outside his home.
"They speed up and down here all the time. Nights are the worst," Matthew said.
"It's 50km/h in this street and I know it's hard to stick to 50, but it is a residential area.
"I just want it stopped. Perhaps police radar is the thing. I do see the police up here every now and then, but I'd like to see police radar fix it up."
Matthew has also complained to Coffs Harbour City Council about the intersection and speeding motorists.
A Coffs Harbour highway patrol spokesman said police did patrol Beryl Street because it was a major thoroughfare, and they would continue to do so in the future.
The highway patrol also kept a complaints book on problem streets.
A city council spokeswoman said the council had to assess requests from 'almost every street' to install classifiers to monitor vehicle speeds and movements.
She said the issues raised by Matthew McBurney would be looked into.