Council seeks 80km/h limit
By MEL MARTIN
EVERY time Margaret Williams turns onto her property on Bucca Road, she is scared for her life.
"I get the horrors every night when I go to turn in," she said.
Mrs William's property is right at the site of Monday's accident, which claimed the life of a 45-year-old Nana Glen man.
Not only is it very difficult for Mrs Williams to see what's coming ahead, she is concerned about what's coming from behind.
"You can't see what's coming up the road. I also put my blinker on really early, to make sure people behind me know I'm going to turn, but it doesn't make much difference," she said.
"I've seen so many people cutting corners. I think everyone who lives on Bucca Road would agree, people are just travelling too fast."
Councillor Rod McKelvey drives on Bucca Road every day and says the corner where the accident happened is treacherous.
"It's a corner that requires skills, because it tightens halfway through," he said. "I think that eight out of 10 vehicles end up drifting over the line. Even locals can be caught unaware."
Mrs Williams feels that reducing the speed limit on the road could make a difference, but that straightening the road would be more effective.
Cr McKelvey said Coffs Harbour City Council was currently waiting to hear from the traffic committee investigating a maximum speed limit of 80km/h on Bucca Road.
"I'm hoping council will fast-track their response. If we don't reduce the speed limit to 80km/h, I'm hoping there will at least be a warning sign put up at the corner," he said.
Another resident, who did not want to be identified, but has seen her fair share of accidents on that stretch of road, said that drivers had to take responsibility for their actions.
"We've been waiting for a fatality to happen. Most drivers go too fast for the corner and over the centre line. It's just that most have been fortunate that nothing was coming over from the other direction.
"But I don't think reducing the speed limit will help because drivers will just ignore it."
Sergeant John Patacko of the Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol said that while accidents on Bucca Road were often caused by people driving too fast for the conditions, police do not generally catch many speedsters on Bucca Road.
None in fact, since the start of the month-long, anti-speeding campaign on July 25, which is targeting 12 Coffs Harbour roads where the most speed-related crashes have happened.