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Danger zone . . . Peter Petrie believes the speed limit on Weston Rd needs to be reduced. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Oamaru driver Peter Petrie believes it is time for the speed limit on Weston Rd to be cut.

Mr Petrie, who works as an LPG delivery driver, is on the road most days, and claims it is “common” to see drivers going over the speed limit.

The stretch of the road Mr Petrie is most concerned about is the 70kmh zone between North Otago Truck Repairs and Whitestone Funeral Services.

The sources of the problem were impatient drivers and an increase of traffic in recent years, he believed.

“I just feel there’s impatient drivers trying to overtake.

“I’ve seen people going to [Whitestone Funerals] and people are overtaking them and heading into oncoming traffic – it’s impatience.”

Mr Petrie was concerned when he recently saw cars speeding past several schoolchildren walking on the side of the road.

The cars that drove past the children were going well above the speed limit, he claimed.

“In years past, when there wasn’t so much traffic, it might’ve been fine.

“But now it’s building up and it’s getting dangerous. There’s no real footpaths for them [children].”

Waitaki District Council roading manager Michael Voss said no speed-related crashes had happened on Weston Rd in the past 10 years.

However, Mr Voss said the council would consider reviewing the road – and whether its speed limit needed to be reduced – in the future.