Driver failed to stop at bicycle accident

THROUGH the Macarthur Chronicle, I’d like to convey a heartfelt thank you to the gentleman who offered assistance and help to my husband around 6.30am on Thursday, September 6.

My husband was knocked off his bicycle on De Havilland Crescent in Raby, by a male driver in a silvercoloured Toyota, who came from the opposite direction and failed to slow down or stop. The driver is a resident of the area, so anybody who knows the vehicle with a broken driver side mirror, call Campbelltown police with details.

Name supplied, St Andrews

Speed limit should assist traffic flow

OVER the past few months the speed limit of 60km/h in Gregory Hills Drive has come into question and motorists think it should be raised to 70 or 80km/h.

The road is multi-laned and is safe and so far has been a revenue raiser for the State Government from speeding fines because of an artificially low speed limit.

As usual, the road safety gurus have got it wrong. They think that by lowering the speed limits you have instant road safety. There is nobody in authority that could be described as sagacious hence the “dog’s breakfast” in speed limits which passes as road safety.

If the authorities really want to push the road safety theme they could lower the speed limit to 40km/h and, somewhere along the road, install a speed hump.

I am being facetious, of course.

I have noticed when new roads are opened in developing areas the “kill joys” move in to keep speed limits down. I am not advocating dangerous speed limits but motorists should be able to drive at a speed which keeps traffic flowing.

An 80km/h speed limit in Gregory Hills Drive would be in order.

WG Peters, Ruse

School’s impact on peaceful life

AS A resident living next to Glenfield Public SchooI I would like to make an observation of the impact “after-school care” has had on our quality of life.

Prior to its introduction we had the usual noise levels until around 3pm.

However, with after-school care the noise level of high-pitched screaming toddlers let loose in the playground near our fence after 3pm continues for over another two hours without a break. Not to worry, we don’t mind our former afternoon serenity destroyed by hardworking parents now wringing the childcare system to death.

David Klein, Glenfield

Rules in the real world

I COMMENT on your front page (“Matter of principle”, Macarthur Chronicle, September 11).

It is school policy (wearing uniforms) so that’s the end of the story. The Teachers Federation (union) also put in place years ago that staff are not required to wear a uniform. That’s the end of discussion there, too.

But it’s time to get tough now because in the real world there are rules or the unemployment line.

KS Jones, Ingleburn

Shout out for young academy sport stars

SPORTING awards and accolades came thick and fast at the recent South West Sydney Academy of Sport graduation and awards night.

But the most pleasing aspect was the way athletes presented themselves, as co-emcees, sports presenters and guest speakers. It is a daunting task getting up in front of 500 people and engaging the audience. This challenge was completed by all athlete presenters, with the style and grace normally reserved for much older and experienced public speakers.

Personal development is as important as sporting prowess to the academy. And this can only make our region a better place.

Gerry Knights, executive director

South West Sydney Academy of Sport

Please vote no

AN open letter to the people of St John’s about your sale. We know Jesus gave you two commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Your neighbours don’t want a $37.5+ million development on Camden’s most iconic site.

Build your new centre, let us help, but please love your community and vote ‘NO’ to the sale.

Glenda Davis, CRAG

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