Halyard hoons get residents fired up
By SALLY GORDON
RESIDENTS living along The Halyard in Yamba are calling for traffic calming devices to be installed in their street after a car skidded onto the front yard of a house on Tuesday night.
The car, which police allege was stolen, ploughed into Marj and Laurie Thompson's brick letterbox about 10pm.
The vehicle trashed their front lawn and, according to Mr Thompson, narrowly missed crashing into their garage.
"The car ended up sitting on the top of the letterbox, if the letterbox hadn't been there it probably would've driven into the garage," he said.
Mr Thompson and his wife want the Clarence Valley Council to narrow the Halyard with traffic calming devices, so drivers will be forced to obey the 50km speed limit.
"They can't take the corners ... they come speeding down the road, hit the corner and lose it," Mrs Thompson said. "This is the third or fourth letterbox that's been taken out."
Mr Thompson said that immediately before the accident, the couple heard the warning signs and ran for cover.
"We were sitting in the loungeroom, heard the speed of the car and ran to the back of the house."
Police currently are investigating the incident and allege the vehicle was stolen after the owner left it still running and unoccupied outside a family member's house on Telopea Avenue.
A Clarence Valley Council Roads and Transport officer said a traffic management study would need to be conducted on the Halyard to identify exactly what the issue was and how big the problem was.
"We'd need to identify why the cars are leaving the road. If cars are leaving the road due to excessive speed then anything council does wouldn't stop that, it may require more police surveillance," he said.