Speeding motorists are to be targeted in a
joint campaign launched by the Police and Council in a bid to cut the number of
crashes occurring on local roads.
“Aside from the Pacific Highway, Coramba
Road/Orara Way had the greatest number of speeding related crashes in the past
five years, particularly the stretch between Mount Browne and Bennetts Roads. This stretch alone has seen 28 crashes in that period, with 82% involving
excess speed and 78% in wet conditions,” said Anne Shearer, Council’s Road Safety
and Transport Officer.
“Hogbin Drive had the greatest number of
crashes in our region on a local road, with around 100 reported crashes over
the past five years. 41% of these were on wet roads.
does not just involve going faster than the posted speed limit. Driving safely
means driving at an appropriate speed for the prevailing weather and road
speed limits are for driving in good conditions. In wet conditions, the posted speed may be
dangerous as visibility is reduced, the roads become slippery and braking
distances are increased.
“So the message is simple - slow down in
the wet. Just 10 kilometres an hour less increases traction – and use your
wipers and lights.”
Over the next few weeks, Council will set
up courtesy speed radars in selected locations to remind motorists to check
their speed and drive at a suitable speed for the conditions. Vehicle speeds
will also be monitored.
Police will also be conducting extra
Drivers can check local road conditions by
going to www.myroadinfo.com.au or by downloading
the MyRoadInfo apps for iPhones or Android devices.
Useful tips for safely driving in the wet
can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au