Calls to drop the speed limit on a notoriously dangerous stretch of Bussell Highway that was once labelled the worst in the State are continuing to ramp up after ongoing vehicle collisions as recent as Friday. It was reported earlier this month a group of Capel residents had banded together to set up a petition encouraging the State Government to reduce the speed limit from 110km/h to 80km/h for a 2km section of the highway near the Capel Drive northern entrance. RAC also found the stretch of highway between Busselton and Capel to be the “riskiest” road in regional WA in a 2019 survey. The area has claimed a number of lives over the years, including two double fatal crashes in November alone. Last week, two people were also rushed to hospital after their cars collided right in front of the northern entrance into Capel Drive, just weeks after residents began their campaign for slower speeds in the area. Police, firefighters, paramedics and an emergency rescue helicopter all rushed to the scene at about 9.30am on Friday. A 93-year-old woman was taken to Royal Perth Hospital and was yesterday in a stable condition, while the other driver escaped with only minor injuries. Capel Country Women’s Association plan to present the petition to Parliament on behalf of the group of residents once they obtain 500 signatures. Vice-president Toni Steinbrenner said yesterday it was a matter of safety for all road users. Ms Steinbrenner said some residents felt other road safety measures would be a better fix, but said a speed change was an immediate response. “It’s a way of highlighting the issue and can be done immediately, while changes in infrastructure will have to take place down the track,” she said. “I don’t understand why the speed limit can be reduced in other built up areas, but we have to put up with 110km/h here. Capel Chamber of Commerce president Bernie Masters wrote to Premier Mark McGowan in December calling for an “urgent review of road design and speed limits” on the same stretch. “We’re very much in support of the CWA’s petition,” he said. “The argument in support of a lower speed limit is overwhelming. The evidence is there have been fatalities along that section of road and there’s been multiple car crashes as well.” Main Roads set up cameras on the highway between Capel Drive north and Spurr Street in December to capture driver behaviour when entering the highway. “One has to hope the analysis of the camera work will show there’s a need for some radical changes to that intersection,” Mr Masters said. A Main Roads spokesman said a 2018 road safety inspection by an independent auditor did not recommend a lowering of the speed limit on the stretch of road. “Based on Main Roads’ experience, it is likely that if the speed limit was reduced, a high level of non-compliance would result, leading to a greater potential for incidents to occur,” he said. The spokesman said more traffic data and video footage would be collected after the completion of roadworks for stage one of the Bussell Highway duplication to assess changes in driver behaviour with the removal of temporary traffic management conditions and the extension of the dual carriageway.