A group of Ranch Park residents claim their front yards are turning into a graveyard due to unsafe drivers.
Coquitlam resident Saba Tabar said recently he's witnessed upwards of 25 accidents - along with a fatality - this year alone near his home on Daybreak Avenue and Mariner Way.
"Because I live on the corner, I see a lot of accidents," said Tabar, who's lived in the area for 12 years. "I talk to the police, ambulance, the people who are living there - even the people passing by know that that area is very dangerous."
Tabar began a petition campaign alongside 14 other area residents asking the city to take action. The petition suggests the group will shut down access to Daybreak Avenue unless some work is done in the area.
Specifically, Tabar wants a stop sign installed on Mariner heading north into the city.
According to the city's top traffic official, however, that request isn't feasible, and would likely lead to an increase in collisions, delays and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Our experience has shown that will actually increase the hazard and the risks," said Dan Mooney, the city's manager of roads and traffic operations.
"A stop sign is not a speed control, it's a right-of-way control. To stop all of the traffic along Mariner just is not practical."
Mooney also noted that ICBC collision statistics do not reflect the claims made by Tabar.
Those stats point to 18 collisions near Mariner and Daybreak in the last five years.
Of those incidents, two resulted in injuries, while another involved some property damage.
Both Mooney and Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung told the Tri-Cities NOW no fatalities have occurred in the area recently.
"I can appreciate people who are there and are noticing traffic crime or speeding up or down the hill," Chung said. "Do call us, because if they don't report it to us, then it is not popping up our radar."
In total, 408 collisions have been recorded in the past five years on the stretch of road along Mariner between Como Lake Avenue and Dewdney Trunk Road.
The 169 accidents near the intersection of Como Lake Avenue and Mariner Way make up the highest percentage of incidents in the area during that time.
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