Canadian residents fear it is only a matter of time before someone is killed on a quiet stretch of road they say is being used as a drag strip.
Day and night, hoons race down Larter Street, between Elsworth and Lal Lal streets, and Jeff Hardy is sick of it.
He's lived there for 39 years, and said it's getting worse - more cars and motorcyclists at all hours, causing concern for residents old and new.
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"We've got a lot of children in the street now, it's a quiet neighbourhood, but the speed is just ridiculous," he said
"They get up there (from Elsworth Street) and do burnouts, then come flying past here.
"It's so fast you can't even read number plates."
Mr Hardy said about 12 months ago, an allegedly speeding driver lost control and crashed through a barrier on a bridge over the Lal Lal drain, colliding with an embankment.
Several other minor accidents have occurred involving allegedly speeding drivers, and a number of pets have been killed in recent years, he added.
He's so worried he's installed an electronic gate outside his home to keep his grandchildren safe when they come to visit.
Mr Hardy is petitioning the City of Ballarat, calling for speed humps to slow the drivers down. The next block of Larter Street, north of Lal Lal Street with an entrance to Lake Esmond, already has speed humps installed.
"People use it as a back street so they're not on Main Road," he said.
"Speed humps would slow them down."
He visited his neighbours before Christmas, garnering 23 signatures - almost every person living on the street - to submit to council.
"With a growing number of grandchildren and families within the street we feel that a fatality because of the speed that people travel down this section of road will unfortunately happen," the petition states.
"We, the undersigned residents of the homes between Lal Lal Street and Elsworth Street, petition the Council and ask that a speed hump, or any other device to reduce the speeding cars using this stretch of road, be installed as soon as possible."
The Courier spoke to several residents, all of whom agreed something needed to be done to stop people speeding - one said he estimated he'd seen drivers scream past at 100km/h regularly, and another added traffic was increasing.
Burnout skid marks are clearly visible on the street.
The petition has been received by council and will be addressed at Wednesday's meeting.
"It's before them now, so I'm hoping they do something," Mr Hardy said.
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