Capel residents are calling for urgent modifications to a stretch of Bussell Highway that has some community members fearing for their lives while driving. Locals met last week to plea for a speed limit reduction for the stretch encompassing three intersections near the Capel townsite. The move comes months after Capel Chamber of Commerce president Bernie Masters wrote to the premier calling for an “urgent review of road design and speed limits” on the same segment of the infamous highway. “While inattention and poor decision-making by drivers are two of the major causes of the recent serious crashes, road design and speed limits are also obvious reasons why drivers are distracted or prepared to take greater risks than necessary,” the letter read. The stretch of Bussell Highway between Capel and Busselton claimed the unenviable title of RAC’s riskiest regional WA road in 2019 and saw two double fatalities in November last year. Capel Country Women’s Association vice president Toni Steinbrenner said she “took her life in her hands every day” when she needed to cross the highway to get groceries or collect her mail. “Capel residents deserve safety just as any community does,” she said. “If they can reduce the speed limit up in Gelorup, why cant they reduce the speed limit for us?” Concerned resident Domenic Guzzomi said the area had been dangerous for years. “Things have gotten worse with more traffic,” he said. “The road is inundated on long weekends and public holidays and the traffic is enormous. “Just getting in and off the roads is really hard and you’ve virtually got to say your prayers and hope you’re going to get back to where you came from.” Nationals WA Collie-Preston candidate Wayne Sanford said the 1.5km section of road as a nightmare for Capel residents to enter and exit the highway. “When there have been 19 crashes in recent years, including two tragic fatalities, it’s clear something needs to be done urgently,” he said. “One incident is too many. “I don’t think there’s any impediment in lowering the speed limit in the first instance, but there are many avenues (Main Roads) can look at.” Businesses and residents in Waterloo last year won a 30-year-long battle to have the speed limit dropped on a dangerous stretch of South Western Highway that saw a number of fatalities — a win locals hope could happen in this instance.