Campaign to put brakes on crashes
MOTORISTS driving too fast on the Coffs Coast should be warned they are being targeted.
While a police blitz for the Pacific Hwy was highlighted on the front page of Saturday's Coffs Coast Advocate, Coffs Harbour City Council has launched a joint campaign with police from the Coffs/Clarence local area command to make sure all roads in the region are safer.
Council's Road Safety and Transport Officer Anne Shearer said the campaign is designed to cut the number of crashes occurring on local roads.
"The police have just launched a high profile, anti-speeding blitz on drivers using the Pacific Highway but it's sobering to note that while 12 per cent of excess speed crashes in this area happen on the highway, the Orara Way is not very far behind with nine per cent," Ms Shearer said.
"In 2009-2010, there were a total of 11 speeding-related crashes on the MR 151 - Orara Way and Coramba Road - which was far higher than any other road in the local government area. This was also the site of the only fatality recorded due to speed in these years."
The campaign isn't just concentrating on one road though. There are others that Council find concerning.
"Hogbin Drive also remains a danger zone with six crashes recorded in 2009-2010," she said.
"However we've seen some improvements on Bucca Road which had two crashes in the same time period. In the previous eight years this stretch has been the scene of a high number of incidents with 51 crashes and seven deaths."
Ms Shearer said the campaign will feature electronic signage that will alert drivers to their speed.
Initially the signs will be placed on roads around the area during March and April as reminders but they will then be followed up with police patrols in the same districts.
"Speed limits are set to reflect the road conditions," she said.
"If you stick to a safe speed, crashes are less likely to happen.
"This campaign is all about making drivers aware of their speed to make our roads as safe as possible but it's not just about speed," she said.
"We've had a great deal of wet weather so far this year and it's set to continue.
"So we'd also urge drivers to slow down in the wet. Just 10 kilometres an hour less increases traction and use their wipers and lights."