A petition has been launched calling for the State Government to reduce the speed limit on Indian Ocean Drive from 80km/h to 60km/h through Leeman to address residents’ road safety concerns. Opposition Leader and shadow transport minister Shane Love is joining the coastal town’s calls for a speed limit reduction on its busiest main road. He said there was a dire need to reduce vehicle speed in the Leeman townsite. He said the community wanted to see speeds cut in a similar way to Jurien Bay. “A hundred and 40 West Australians have already lost their lives on our roads this year, including 68 people on regional roads,” Mr Love said. “With the holiday period right around the corner, safety should be priority number one.” The petition was launched on the same day aspiring AFL star Jordan Culley, 17, died on the notorious stretch of road in a crash. His three passengers remain in hospital. Mr Love said reducing the speed limit from 80km/h to 60km/h on Indian Ocean Drive would increase safety for the people of Leeman. “A speed reduction is a fast and straightforward option for the 1500 vehicles that travel this section of Indian Ocean Drive every day,” he said. “I urge the Cook Labor Government to heed the warnings of Leeman locals who experience the ‘near misses’ every day as they simply try to drive into town to grab fuel, groceries and access the shire depot or the industrial area.” According to the WA Road Safety Commission, between 2018 and 2022, there were 1864 reported crashes on roads in the Mid West-Gascoyne region. Of these, 14 per cent resulted in at least one person being killed or seriously injured. The petition is available at the Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre on Spencer Street.