The road toll

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IN many ways I’m not a fan of stationery cam­era cars, partly be­cause they can be used so eas­ily to raise rev­enue.

One case in point is the lo­ca­tion on Winge­warra Street on the back­side of Apex Oval, where it’s a nat­u­ral speed trap be­cause peo­ple are driv­ing down one of the city’s steep­est hills.

I’ve been told by RMS that this lo­ca­tion is a hotspot for se­ri­ous crashes but de­spite hav­ing cov­ered al­most all the se­ri­ous road smashes in Dubbo for a cou­ple of decades, I can only re­mem­ber a cou­ple any­where near there.

And the RMS never backed up its claim with any ev­i­dence.

But at hol­i­day time, and on the Easter long week­end es­pe­cially, it’s great to see any mea­sures that can po­ten­tially slow peo­ple down and make them think.

There was a cam­era car sta­tioned just be­fore the Bur­ren­dong Dam turn-off com­ing from the Dubbo side dur­ing the week­end and if it gave any mo­torists pause for thought, well that’s a good thing.

Hav­ing said that, many of the boats be­ing dragged to the dam are now so big that I doubt many of the ve­hi­cles tow­ing them could ex­ceed the speed limit any­way.

Some peo­ple still drive in a risky way, how­ever. While I was driv­ing be­tween Won­gar­bon and Wellington, on the way down to the fish­ing comp early on Good Fri­day morn­ing, a speed­ing driver flew past me at prob­a­bly 130-140km/h and tucked back in to the left hand lane just as the high­way pa­trol car ap­peared

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