Dragon St resident Tamara Hawks is pleading with motorists to slow down when travelling along Cleary and Dragon Sts.
Dragon St resident Tamara Hawks is pleading with motorists to slow down when travelling along Cleary and Dragon Sts. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Take it easy on Cleary St

A COLLISION and a number of near misses have Dragon St resident Tamara Hawks pleading with motorists to slow down in her neighbourhood.

The Hawks family was jolted from their relaxing Sunday evening by a dreadful, yet not surprising sound.

"It was about 8.30 on Sunday night and we were just here and heard this big gunshot noise," she said.

"I knew straight away what it was but I didn't hear screeching or the sound of brakes or anything like that."

The horrible sound was that of a car and motorbike colliding at the troublesome Dragon St and Cleary St intersection.

Mrs Hawks rushed to the aid of the injured rider, who she said suffered wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries.

He was taken to hospital but is believed to have sustained only minor injuries.

The mother of five said Sunday's incident was unfortunately not a rare occurrence at the problematic intersection.

"We have plenty of near-accidents but the last time there was a major accident there was about a year ago," she said.

Mrs Hawks said the area could use another street light at the intersection but said the main thing that could be done was for people to take it easy on the roads.

"A lot of the incidents are caused by people not giving way (on Cleary St) and just going straight through it," she said.

"But saying that, a lot of them hoon down this hill (on Dragon St)."

Mrs Hawks said her concern is that one of her children, or somebody else's child, is going to be injured by a careless driver.

"I just want to tell people to slow down because there are a few kids in the area who ride to school," she said.

"That's the last thing we need, someone taking out one of the kids."


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