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Make our street safe from crazy drivers

PUBLISHED: 16:10 07 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich road have submitted a petition to Ipswich Council calling for action to be taken against reckless car drivers before somebody is seriously injured or killed.

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich road have submitted a petition to Ipswich Council calling for action to be taken against reckless car drivers before somebody is seriously injured or killed.

Kipling Road in Whitton has been the scene of three accidents in the last year as the road is used as a short cut between Burns Road and Spenser Road.

Residents are seeking to gain council approval for road calming measures and for improved parking conditions to reduce the number of cars on the road.

The petitioners feel that the road is used as a rat run by local residents allowing quick and easy access to other parts of the Whitton estate.

In addition, residents said that cars passing through tend to clip wing mirrors or have difficult passing through the road.

There are also fears for the safety of children, as many families live in Kipling Road.

In May a car ploughed through a garden fence, knocking down a concrete post where children had been playing minutes earlier.

Just three days later a car swerved to miss a stationary car and ploughed through two gardens and into a Mercedes car. The resident of the house affected by the most recent accident told the Evening Star that speeding car drivers have become the scourge of the whole road.

She said: "Summer holidays have not been the same – they are not what they could have been as the children aren't safe playing in the front garden.

"Since the accident I've been pushing for a move and I know that other residents are very angry about the situation.

"I think that speed ramps in the road are the most favourable solution – one reason why car drivers speed down the road is because Shakespeare Road has them and Kipling Road doesn't.

"Road narrowing is another option which would make cars have to slow down as two cars couldn't pass through at the same time.

"Off-road parking is a solution, but I have mixed feelings about that – after all the car which was parked in my garden was still damaged even though it was off the road.

"I think it would be best to install speed cameras. It's a small estate and word-of-mouth would spread quickly if they were there."

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