THE MERRIMAN family’s front yard could be one of Bunbury’s most notorious car crash sites.
The family, who live on the corner of Blair Street and Clarke Street, had bollards placed at the front of their house two weeks ago.
The City of Bunbury paid $50,000 to install the 17 bollards.
But this comes after more than seven years of cars that have lost control at the roundabout and crashed into their front wall.
Home owner Doug Merriman has lived at the intersection for 13 years.
He said since the roundabout was installed in 2006, five cars have crashed into his wall and there had been countless near misses.
Mr Merriman told the Bunbury Mail in 2008 a young uninsured male driver lost control at the roundabout taking out a light pole which crashed through his wall.
In July this year, three cars crashed through his front wall in three days.
“You don’t have to stand here for long to see how fast people come through that roundabout,” Mr Merriman said.
“People are just not paying attention.”
The family said they believed the accidents had caused the home to drop in value.
“Anyone who has lived here for more than 10 years knows about our front wall,” Mr Merriman said.
It took the family several years, crashes and a failed request for bollards until the council erected them last month.
Mr Merriman said while the bollards may save his wall, he was still worried about the injuries people would get if they hit the bollards.
He said since the bollards were put in place, no one had hit them yet.
A South West police spokesman said the road was “nothing out of the ordinary” in terms of bad driver behaviour.
He said police had not detected any more speeding drivers than on other roads in Bunbury.