Dead end? Drivers continue to be shocked when a white COFFIN is left on the side of a street
- Allen Parker puts a coffin on the street in Holland Park West, Brisbane
- The chest has been there since Easter and serves as a warning to stop speeding
- Parker had a car that collided with the open door of his tow truck, causing a coffin
- Some neighbors say they don’t want to come home to see a chest on the street
A ‘fed up’ resident has put down a chest on the side of his suburban street in a desperate attempt to urge drivers to slow down.
Allen Parker, who lives on Algona Street in Holland Park West, Brisbane, has left the box in a trailer by the side of the road since Easter.
The unusual stunt was caused after an oncoming car crashed into an open door of Mr. Parker’s tow truck outside his home.
“I’m just tired of people driving down my street like idiots,” he told Seven News.
Allen Parker propped a chest on the back of a trailer in his street in Holland Park West to urge drivers to slow down
The residential street is located near the Griffith University campus and regularly sees students racing to avoid traffic lights.
Mr. Parker said that he urged the city council to take some measures to prevent accidents, such as lowering the speed limit or setting speed bumps.
“Are they waiting to get blood on their hands before doing anything?” he said.
The street that Mr. Parker calls a “death trap” is extremely narrow and has sharp turns.
He said he didn’t even let his kids play in his front yard for fear of a car flying off the road.
“Some people (in the neighborhood) are for it, some are against it, but something needs to be done. This has been happening for ten years now, “said Mr. Parker.
The box has been on the street since Easter, and some residents say they are not on board
In addition to the box, the Parker family also installed cameras all over the street.
But not everyone is on board.
“I don’t want to look at a chest every night I come home,” said Algona St resident Brad Lyons Courier post.
“My first impression was that it was bad taste with the things going on in COVID-19.”
“I’m not a fan of the box. Would you like a chest in your street? another resident told Nine News.
Holland Park Councilor, Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said she had received a complaint about the coffin.
“I don’t condone people taking matters into their own hands and I don’t think the box is suitable,” she said.
Cr Adams said she suggested safety signs for speeding offenses and non-right turners during rush hour, but residents didn’t see it as necessary, so no further action was taken.
Algona Street in Holland Park West is very narrow and university students often race through it, says Mr. Parker