GPS is a dangerous lead
Don’t gun through the Galston
BEWARE the Galston Gorge.
That’s the message from the NSW Police and radio mouthpiece Ray Hadley as more and more drivers are fined for rolling though this beautiful but dangerous spot in the Hunter region.
However, caught-out truck drivers are arguing that GPS systems which send them into the gorge are the culprits to blame.
Hadley has been a keen voice against drivers in over-sized trucks using Galston Rd and the gorge as a throughway and his campaign has led to increased signage, measuring bays and threats of fines.
But the broadcaster’s message hasn’t been picked up by everybody and the issue reappeared on his show last week when three drivers in five days were pulled up and fined for entering the gorge.
And Hadley was having none of it, describing one driver as a “lunatic”.
“Blokes like this dope should be off the road permanently,” Hadley told his listeners. “They bring the vast majority of truckies undone.”
Hadley’s ire has been matched by the efforts by the NSW Highway Police with the unit stopping several trucks and fining the drivers more than $2000 and six-demerit points.
The police even fined a driver’s employer nearly $3000 in fines after the truck was deemed to have a range of defects.
However, some drivers claim they aren’t at fault and were just following their GPS into the gorge.
But police have dismissed that excuse, pointing out the roads in and out of the gorge are well signed.
“There are numerous warning signs on the Hornsby Heights and Galston ends of the Gorge, which drivers have been choosing to ignore,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.
“There are no excuses for heavy vehicle drivers ignoring signs when surrounding communities are put at risk.
“The companies involved not only run the risk of having registrations suspended, they can also expect to have their fleets inspected and notices issued if their trucks are not up to scratch.”
ABOVE: A damaged guard rail along the bridge over Tunks Creek.
LEFT: A truck winds its way through the Galston Gorge.