RTA sign irrelevant

DURING one of the busiest traffic periods on the North Coast, an RTA sign advertising World Youth Day is inappropriate and irrelevant, according to a local politician.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the RTA operated electronic sign near the Big Windmill on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour should be used for road safety messages, not promotion of a Sydney-based event.

The sign advertises that there are 80 days to World Youth Day and prompts motorists to visit the RTA website for details on the event.

"This sign would be better used if it advised the double demerits that are in place between April 24 and 27, and of traffic interruptions to the north and south of Coffs Harbour due to Anzac Day marches," Mr Fraser said.

"This information is much more relevant to motorists travelling past the sign at Coffs Harbour and it is highly inappropriate to use these signs to advertise Sydney events at the expense of road safety."

Mr Fraser said while he believed World Youth Day was a significant event, the relevance to motorists, who have a six-hour drive between the sign and Sydney, is nought.

A spokesman for the RTA said World Youth Day messages are being rotated with road safety messages, and World Youth Day is a major event which is relevant to residents from all over NSW.

"In the event of a major incident, the RTA will override these messages with local traffic information," he said.

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