Roads and Maritime Services moves fast to stop cars crashing into houses at Scarborough

safety measures: A Scarborough stretch of Lawrence Hargrave Drive has seen a spike in the number of cars leaving the road. Picture: Ben Langford

safety measures: A Scarborough stretch of Lawrence Hargrave Drive has seen a spike in the number of cars leaving the road. Picture: Ben Langford

For more than a year residents in Scarborough have been worried about a car ending up in their front yard – or coming through their house.

On Lawrence Hargrave Drive in Scarborough just north of the Fifth Street intersection, there’s a right-hand bend.

It’s a mild bend, not one that would seem to be the cause of any problems.

But residents said some motorists have been speeding up Lawrence Hargrave Drive and, when they hit that bend, they’re travelling too fast.

What happens next is what has been happening for more than a year – the driver loses control and crashes into the front yard of the houses on the roadside.

In one recent accident on August 24, a ute slid off the road and ended up on its side out the front of a cottage just north of the bend.

It is understood the driver of the ute walked away from the accident unscathed.

“We’ve had nine car crashes in the past 18 months on that corner,” one resident said.

“They’re all going too quick but it’s also been wet. Generally speed is the biggest issue.

“I don’t think the corner’s that bad, I think it’s just the speeding.”

With Bulli Pass scheduled to close on October 4 and Lawrence Hargrave Drive serving as a detour, residents were concerned the extra traffic could lead to more accidents on that bend.

The concern was raised with Roads and Maritime Services, who were “straight onto it”, said one resident.

A spokesman for Roads and Maritime Services said efforts were being made to improve safety on that corner before October 4.

“Roads and Maritime Services has met with Lawrence Hargrave Drive residents to discuss potential safety measures,” the spokesman said.

“Investigations are under way to install a temporary safety barrier ahead of the Bulli Pass closure.”

The spokesman declined to say whether the bend itself was the cause of the accidents or if speed was the problem.

“Motorists are encouraged to drive to conditions and slow down near bends,” the spokesman said.

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