Online groups call for highway fix

SOCIAL networking sites are aiming to do what no government has been able too – fix the Pacific Highway once and for all.

A host of dedicated Facebook groups are pressuring the State and Federal governments to fast track dual carriageway projects through a weight in numbers approach.

The NSW Business Chamber’s Pacific Highway Facebook campaign has gained the following of 2553 members.

It calls on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Kristina Keneally to end the blame shifting and buck passing over responsibility for the Pacific Highway.

“An NRMA audit of the Pacific Highway in 2007 revealed that the highway’s accident rate has increased in the past five years,” the chamber states.

“There have been 10,000 car crashes and counting on the road in the past decade, in which 326 people have died and 3778 people were hurt or maimed.

“We call for a dedicated strategy to fast track the roll out of a complete and continuous dual carriageway to save lives and remove the handbrake the Pacific Highway has become on the economies of communities that rely on the road.”

In the wake of three serious accidents in six days south of Urunga, another Facebook group is fast gaining a following.

The Pacific Highway Between Nambucca Heads and Coffs is Claiming Too Many Lifes already has 563 members just days after its launch.

“I can’t count on two hands the amount of people I know who have been injured in a car crash or have been killed on the roads and highways in this area,” group member Andrew Parker, of Bowraville, said.

“The Pacific Highway between Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour is claiming too many lifes ... more people should sign-up to this campaign,” he said.

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