Uproar over 400 learner drivers a day.

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LEARNER drivers are testing the patience of neighbours on a posh estate - with up to 400 using it for practice in one day alone.

Blundering beginners - kangaroo hopping and carrying out 15-point turns have been smashing into parked cars and walls, lamp-posts and trees with carefree abandon.

One learner even flipped his car on to its roof after colliding with another vehicle on the Firs Estate, in South Woodford, East London, where homes can fetch more than £1million.

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Furious Eddie Blackwell, 75, has campaigned for years to stop learners making locals' lives a misery. The retired structural engineer said: "Over the last eight years there have been well over 100 accidents and we are fed up with it.

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"I have seen so many cars driving on to the pavement, hitting lamp-posts and hitting other cars. It's like a warzone. One day someone is going to be seriously injured. A lot of children walk to school around here and we are all worried that one of them could be hit and killed.

"Some of the drivers don't seem to know their left or right. They'll indicate one way, then go the other.

"One of my neighbours has had their car written off three times."

On Saturday, The Sun revealed how residents in Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, Devon, were also blighted by learners. Their street has been nicknamed "Driving School Alley" after 25 instructors were counted using the road in one afternoon.

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But that's nothing compared to the Firs Estate, where one road is called The Drive. Residents carried out a survey which showed there were 409 rookies practising there in just 12 hours.

Eddie has gathered more than 300 signatures from angry neighbours for a petition which was presented to Parliament. It demands signs be put up to stop instructors using the roads on the estate unless they are picking up a pupil.

Fellow resident Nancy Hesketh, 37, told how her father-in-law was knocked out after a learner careered into his car.

Bill Hesketh, 70, was changing a hub cap when his car was shunted from behind. Bill's car then hit him and he was knocked unconscious.

Nancy said: "The car crashed into Bill's and he was sent flying, landing in the middle of the road. Bill is 70. Thankfully he is quite solid and big. If he had been frail the accident would have killed him."

Instructors go to the estate from across North and East London and Essex because of the nearby Wanstead test centre.

One driving instructor sympathised with the residents but said learners have to be able to practise in quiet streets.

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Dave Jeffrey, of DJs School of Motoring in North London, said: "I understand their anger at certain times of the day when people are home from work.

"But at the end of the day drivers have to learn somewhere.

"The roads are wide here and it is ideal for parking and manoeuvres."

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Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2648710/Mayhem-as-400-learner-drivers-use-the-same-road-to-practice-every-day.html

  • Math
  • September 22, 2009, 3:56 pm
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    I dont understand how all of these cars are crashing so often as it is portrayed, i put that down to the instuctors lack of control, i am a learner driver but i have never 'crashed' the worse i have done is stall and maybe rolling back a few cm.

    • Polygon
    • October 28, 2010, 2:19 pm
    Ooooh your tempting fate saying that!
    - Math October 28, 2010, 9:11 pm
    only got 4 lessons until i take my test ill take my chances :P
    - Polygon October 29, 2010, 4:04 am
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    Wow, what a pisstake. I dont mind learners using the roads but not "one particular place because its ideal". They should spread out all over.

    ummm i think we should put them in like a talada road track and jsut let them loose if they kill each other its natural selection. put them all in one little area and let the one left living have his drivers liscen's if he can pass the test :)
    - whtesnow October 29, 2010, 9:26 am
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    The downside to living on the same island for 2500 years without expanding, successfully.

    • Albane
    • October 29, 2010, 8:35 am
    Yep it was so good we never left, apart from to go to Canada, the Usa, New Zealand, South Africa.......
    - Math October 29, 2010, 9:09 am
    I never said you left. You just couldn't hold any new territories. If only they had Risk for your leaders to play and learn how to properly battle.
    - Albane October 29, 2010, 5:00 pm
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    I passed my driving test without crashing.. And we practised on small streets, and far as I know there was only one guy that was bothered, he would run out and move his car so I couldn't practise parallel parking... People need to learn how to drive, and it's not fair to stop them..

    And anyway, this is the Sun, exaggeration for them is the norm..

    • SuDoku
    • October 29, 2010, 9:26 am
    I stopped buying papers a while ago I realise that the Sun is just full of shite and if I ever read the Daily Mail I'd be too afraid of leaving the house or ever eating again!
    - Math October 29, 2010, 10:17 am
    I just use the internet. I used to have a paper round and kind of worked out which ones where the stupid ones. I think it was the 7/7bombings and all the main papers had stuff plastered all over them, and the Daily Star just had a load of crap about Jordan on the front XD
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 10:21 am
    Yep trust the Star! When I was a paperboy it was Hillsborough all over the front page! (clue to age there)
    - Math October 29, 2010, 10:31 am
    1989... Jeesh you were delivering papers before I was born :P
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 10:54 am
    Yeah thanks for that!!! lol
    - Math October 29, 2010, 11:04 am
    My bad XD
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 11:05 am
    I am quite old compared to some on here but it's willwhite007 and johnecash that keep me thinking well if they can stay and it doesn't bother them than I can to!
    - Math October 29, 2010, 11:08 am
    Why how old are they?! XD
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 11:12 am
    from the impression I get, they're about the same age as me!
    - Math October 29, 2010, 11:20 am
    I thought I was one of the older ones on this site, bar people like Dannyl and Johnecash at 18 :P from what I gathered the main age was 15/16.. lol
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 11:26 am
    Yeah I think school age is the main because of this site not being banned by schools.
    - Math October 29, 2010, 11:28 am
    Well I've been here since I was 16, so I guess people who were here then and my age have just moved on.. :'(
    - SuDoku October 29, 2010, 11:31 am
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