In the past five years, 44 people have died on the Pacific Highway between Macksville and Halfway Creek, north of Woolgoolga.
In the past five years, 44 people have died on the Pacific Highway between Macksville and Halfway Creek, north of Woolgoolga.

Death toll now 44 in five years



Road accidents are the single biggest killer of people aged between 18 and 25, and every year around 1750 people will die on our roads.

As Coffs Harbour mourns the loss of 19-year-old Tyne Nicholson, the Easter holiday break - traditionally a horror weekend - is just days away.

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said he was backing Australia's first satellite-run tollway.

On Monday he told the Sydney Morning Herald that without a tollway the project for a dual carriageway on the Pacific Highway from Brisbane to Sydney would not happen until at least 2025.

He said he wanted to single out truck drivers, and possibly long-distance car travellers, to pay the toll while local traffic would use the highway free.

The official route for B-double trucks has always been the New England Highway, but in recent years this has been abandoned in favour of the Pacific Highway.

In August, 2002, the Yelgun to Chinderah dual carriageway between Tweed Heads and Byron Bay was opened, resulting in more trucks and traffic sharing the Pacific Highway.

It is little coincidence that the following year, 13 people were killed between Macksville and Halfway Creek on the Pacific Highway.



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