Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades
Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades Coffs Coast Advocate

Fatal crash: time to see sense

THE latest death on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour has community leaders calling for a 'commonsense' approach to road safety in our region.

Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said the Pacific Highway is a matter of urgency that must be addressed by the RTA and the Roads Minister.

“Everyone knows the history of the spot and some commonsense needs to come into the game,” Cr Rhoades said.

He suggested moving speed cameras from low accident areas on the Coffs Coast to the dangerous corner.

“The speed camera at Korora is the lowest producing revenue-raising camera in our area, and I don't see why the government doesn't relocate the camera to this notorious corner,” Cr Rhoades said.

“And you could relocate a camera from the now safer Bonville section of the highway to cover the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.”

Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, is outraged that government funding has been withdrawn from the upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

“This project is decades away from completion and it must move beyond bandage solutions,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“To withdraw money from what I believe is the most important infrastructure project in Australia is an outrage and I will be pressuring the government to ensure they support a project that will save lives.”

Coffs Harbour Police Chief Inspector Shane Cribb said motorists need to be mindful during the peak traffic of holiday season.

“It's no good trying to rush to a destination if you're not going to get there,” Mr Cribb said.

He said Operation Safe Arrival will continue and the holiday season will see a major increase in police numbers on the Coffs Coast.

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