Concern about Indian Ocean Dr not new

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Indian Ocean Dr was closed in both directions from Gingin Brook Rd to KW Rd after a head on crash claimed the lives of three people . Picture: WA Police

GUILDERTON residents have long had safety concerns about Indian Ocean Dr where three more people lost their lives this week.

In February during a meet the candidates evening with state election candidates the condition of the road and people speeding on the road were two issues raised.

At the time Moore Liberal candidate Darren Slyns agreed with residents who spoke out about their concerns.

Mr Slyns, a former policeman, said to catch people doing 160km/h on the road was not unusual.

Since that February meeting seven people have been injured in April in a crash near the intersection of Greenwood Coast Rd at Breton Bay.

In June a man died near Ledge Point when his vehicle veered to the wrong side of the road and collided with another vehicle.

On August 2 a man was killed when his car and another collided north of Leeman.

Then this week on Thursday 38-year-old Sarah Renee Marson of Yanchep, her six-year-old son and 83-year-old Albert Noble of Nilgen all died when two vehicles collided head on about 7.20am south of Bennies Rd near Breton Bay.

At 9.04am on Thursday Gingin Police tweeted that Indian Ocean Dr was closed in both directions from Gingin Brook Rd to KW Rd and asked motorists to use the back roads to get around the crash.

The next day it was reported that Police Minister Michelle Roberts had said that on Monday, August 21 an expert panel made up of representatives form WA Police, Main Roads WA and the Road Safety Commission would consider options to improve safety on the road such as installing point-to-point cameras, reducing speed limits and building more overtaking lanes.

On Sunday, WA Police said they could not confirm if Mr Noble had been travelling south or may have been on the wrong side of the road in an overtaking lane when the accident happened.

A police spokesman also could not confirm if police would be represented at the expert panel meeting.

In the days since her death friends of the Yanchep woman, who went by the name of Vinny Skulldali Shanti on Facebook, have expressed their sorrow and disbelief.

On Friday, August 18 Michelle Turner posted: “So so sad right now to think that we have all lost you and Nalu.

“You were a beautiful mum, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin and friend and I’ll miss you so much gorgeous girl.’’

Anastasia Ward on Saturday, August 19 said:  “Beautiful, brave, fearless, loving, passionate Vinny.
“Thank you for everything you have and will continue to give.
“All I keep thinking is the phrase ‘there is a light that never goes out’ and that to me is you – I still feel you.
“You’ll never really be gone.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

Anyone affected by road trauma can contact Road Trauma Support WA on 9420 7262 or visit www.rtswa.org.au