A PAIGNTON resident has called for 'serious money' to be spent on improving road safety after a car ploughed through her driveway wall.
The latest accident comes within weeks of similar crashes.
Sophie Linger is asking for speed cameras to be put in the dangerous spot outside her home on Totnes Road — in the area near Town Parks Fishing and Wilding Motors — to try to cut the number of incidents.
Her plight comes as a man suffered back injuries when his car overturned on to its roof after crashing through her driveway wall.
The recent incident happened weeks after a lorry was in a smash on the same stretch of road and also follows a fatal accident in January in which a man died after ploughing into Mrs Linger's wall.
Mrs Linger said: "I really do understand that the council is unable to put speed cameras in all dangerous places, however, this is really getting ridiculous now.
"Two months ago a lorry overturned on the Totnes Road further down the road from here and there has been another fatal crash within the past few months elsewhere on the Totnes Road.
"The stretch of road outside my home, Fairparks Cattery, is so dangerous and this cannot keep happening.
"There are crashes here all the time, often not reported to the police as people just pick up their bumpers and drive off.
"Personally, I cannot see any other measurements other than a speed camera would help the problem as at 4am people do not take notice of signs.
"If they had to slow down to 40mph because of a speed camera then even if they did crash, it would not have the same impact and it would save lives."
Mrs Linger said she spoke to police officers and fire crews at the scene of the latest crash last week and all agreed something needed to be done to reduce accident risks in the area and make drivers slow down.
Mrs Linger added: "The police officer who took our statements agreed that something needs to happen here.
"In fact, the fire brigade officers even commented how it is ridiculous as many of the team attended the fatal crash back in January too. It happened on the same spot, on the same wall, with the same destruction."
Back then, Mrs Linger contacted John Clewer, a senior engineer with Torbay Council's highways department following the fatal crash outside her home.
She asked for more to be done to prevent serious accidents from happening again.
In his response to her, Mr Clewer said: "The authority receives many requests from concerned parties requesting road safety measures are introduced at perceived dangerous locations on the road network.
"Torbay Council only has a limited amount of capital funds for the installation of such measures and, therefore, any available funds must be targeted at sites where severe speed related collision problems already exist.
"In an ideal world we would like to have the ability to act in a more proactive way, however current funding levels prevent this and therefore, as with all localities across the Bay area, we will continue to monitor as part of our collision cluster review and react accordingly to any changes in the safety history."
Mrs Linger said: "It's a shame the £7,000 for a palm tree couldn't have been spent on saving lives instead."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "It would not be appropriate for the council to comment on individual collisions until the police have completed any investigation into the incident and provided the council with any reports.
"Generally, we review collision across Torbay on an annual basis in partnership with the police.
"Priorities for road safety improvements will then be considered by the elected members of the transport working party.
"The next review is scheduled for early 2013 when the Totnes Road location will be considered as part of that review."