Hardly a high­way, it’s one ba- ad goat track

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

At last the state gov­ern­ment has come to its senses and is do­ing some­thing about the no­to­ri­ous Princes Hwy (“Death road bar­ri­ers to be in place by Easter”, 4/3).

The high­way is a goat track from Nowra down. Seven peo­ple were killed since Christ­mas.

A bad spot is where the Falkholt fam­ily tragedy oc­curred. Two weeks ago close by an­other head-on hap­pened, killing two more. How many more need to be killed be­fore we get di­vided roads like up north?

A lit­tle fur­ther down a cou­ple with two chil­dren were lucky to es­cape when a small truck crossed to the wrong side and hit them, de­stroy­ing their car and car­a­van.

A wire bar­rier is to be erected near the spot where the Falkholts lost their lives.

It’s a start, but we on the south coast de­serve more.

Please Roads Min­ster Melinda Pavey, make it a pri­or­ity num­ber one. Get in your car and drive down and check it out.

CA­ROLE BATEMANS BAY

ROAD CON­DI­TION MI­NOR FAC­TOR

The con­di­tion of the road did not cause the Falkholt fam­ily ac­ci­dent. The gov­ern­ment needs to re­view its li­cens­ing sys­tem and make sure all driv­ers are qual­i­fied, have sat­is­fac­tory driv­ing skills and good knowl­edge of the road rules.

ANDY ON­LINE COM­MENT

ERA OF NE­GLECT TAKES ITS TOLL

This gov­ern­ment has spent a huge amount al­ready on the Princes Hwy.

About 16 years of La­bor ne­glect can’t be fixed overnight.

The ac­ci­dent was al­most en­tirely the other driver’s fault, cou­pled with in­ad­e­quate laws re­gard­ing

li­cens­ing of re­peat of­fend­ers.

GREG ON­LINE COM­MENT

WIRE BAR­RI­ERS NOT ENOUGH

Wire bar­ri­ers aren’t go­ing to stop trucks. They barely stop cars. They are also in­ef­fec­tive when dam­aged. Not many are re­paired straight­away.

BRUCE ON­LINE COM­MENT

SE­RIAL OF­FENCES IS A PROB­LEM

Get­ting se­rial road of­fend­ers off the road would be a bet­ter start.

LARA ON­LINE COM­MENT

GOOD VIS­I­BIL­ITY NOT IN QUES­TION

Poor driv­ing skill was the ma­jor fac­tor in this case. That sec­tion of the road is wide and with good vi­sion. This is a start, though.

ALAN ON­LINE COM­MENT

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