Death toll rising weekly

IT has been one month and two days since 19-year-old Tyne Nicholson, was killed on the Pacific Highway.

With another highway crash claiming the life of a 17-year-old driver at Emerald Beach yesterday, the death toll between Macksville and Halfway Creek in the past five years has risen to 45.

There have been 11 deaths between Korora and Woolgoolga, seven at Pine Creek and one at Bonville since 2001. In the past month, the Coffs Coast Advocate has reported on three accidents involving young drivers, not to mention dozens of others that have impacted on so many lives.

To have a voice regarding the Pacific Highway, residents need to work together and lobby for a dual carriageway, an immediate deviation at Bonville and a proper western bypass.

No one wants to see or hear of any more deaths because of the state of the highway. We all agree something needs to be done.

Write lobby letters to the Minister for Transport Regional Services, John Anderson, C/- Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600, and to the Minister for Roads, Michael Costa, Level 31 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Do you have a story about the Pacific Highway?

The Coffs Coast Advocate is going to run regular accounts of people's experiences on the Pacific Highway.

Send your story to the Coffs Coast Advocate, email, fax 6651 4492 or 53 Moonee Street, Coffs Harbour.

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