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Take it easy on the way to the coast

By johnboy - 10 December 2013 32

Members of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership are urging motorists not to rush these holidays when travelling on the Kings Highway. Eurobodalla Shire Council, a member of the partnership formed six years ago, fully supports the need for motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.

“For the past three summers, drivers are not getting the message about driving within the speed limit,” Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown said.

“NSW and ACT Policing data reveals that last summer from December to January, 354 drivers were issued with speeding fines. For the same two month period in 2011-2012 348 drivers were booked for speeding and the 2010-2011 summer saw 319 speeding tickets issued.”

“Thankfully crashes are trending down over the summer period. The partnership will strive to target those irresponsible drivers who blatantly disregard the road rules and put other lives at risk as zero crashes is the ultimate goal,” added Lindsay Brown.

Between December 2012 and January 2013, a total of nine crashes occurred on the Kings Highway with over half of those crashes speed related. For the same two month period during 2011-2012, 24 crashes occurred and again 50% were speed related.

ACT Policing Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said a large proportion of speeding tickets issued were to male drivers in the 21 – 25 age group bracket.

“Last summer from December 2012 to January 2013, police issued 364 speeding tickets to reckless Kings Highway road users and 278 of those tickets issued were to male drivers (66 male drivers aged 21-25),” Sergeant Anderson said.

“Passengers have an important role to play as well and we urge them to speak up and tell the driver to slow down if they are speeding or taking risks on the road.”

Batemans Bay Highway Patrol Sergeant, Angus Duncombe, would like to remind drivers that they endanger the lives of other road users and their own passengers when they drive irresponsibly.

“This year, if you speed, you will be caught as part of the partnership’s coordinated high visibility enforcement strategy,” Sergeant Duncombe said.

The Kings Highway is very busy over summer with a mixture of cars, caravans, boat trailers, motorcyclists and trucks so Mayor Brown says the best advice is to prepare for your trip, be patient and stay within the speed limit.

“If you are a passenger, speak up and tell your driver to slow down and drive to the conditions. If you are a driver, ensure your vehicle is roadworthy, including the tyres, have plenty of rest and don’t drink the night before. Plan regular rest breaks and minimise driver distractions by turning off your mobile and providing passive activities for children in the car to keep them quietly entertained,” Cr Brown said.

“I want our visitors to remember their Christmas holiday for all the right reasons, so please don’t rush on the Kings Highway this summer.”

The Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign will be officially launched in Bungendore on 10 December 2013. Partners include NSW Roads and Maritime Services, the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust, ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate, NSW Police Far South Coast, Monaro and Shoalhaven Highway Patrol, ACT Policing and Eurobodalla, Palerang, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven councils.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Take it easy on the way to the coast
Roundhead89 10:09 am 11 Dec 13

BimboGeek said :

I realise that it’s exciting to get out of town for a bit but I don’t understand why anyone will start a relaxing holiday by getting themselves all road raged up. Yes the road sucks. Yes that car in front is clearly not built for these steep climbs and tight corners. So what? Just relax, wind down the window and enjoy some music or something.

People are so anxious to get out of Canberra and start their holiday they want to get there as quickly as possible. I always thought when I was a kid how great the drive to the North Coast was and how miserable the drive back was knowing that another miserable winter at school in Canberra was ahead.

Felix the Cat 9:40 am 11 Dec 13

milkman said :

There’s nothing wrong with the road, it’s the lack of skill of some people using it causing the problem.

+infinity
Same problem as the Barton Highway

Postalgeek 9:04 am 11 Dec 13

damien haas said :

Prof Don Aitkin was on the ABC News tonight saying ”its not a bad road at all, its a good country highway’.

If 50% of the accidents were speed related (whatever that means) what caused the remaining 50% ? I would suggest that the Kings Highway is not designed to carry the capacity its subjected to, and urgently needs to be upgraded. Perhaps ‘they’ would be better off using 21st century GIS data and rerouting the whole road instead of piecemeal passing lanes added here and there.

Instead of blaming drivers for not coping well with poor/outdated engineering that has vastly exceeded its design parameters, it would be safer in the long term to [provide an engineering solution that didnt have fatal consequences for impatience and fatigue.

The only way to do that is to remove the driver from the equation. People are still managing to kill themselves on the M5/Hume and Pacific M1.

People will continue to doze, text, or allow other distractions while driving at high, unforgiving speeds, and they will continue to drift across lanes and veer, no matter how straight and wide the road is.

BimboGeek 9:01 am 11 Dec 13

I realise that it’s exciting to get out of town for a bit but I don’t understand why anyone will start a relaxing holiday by getting themselves all road raged up. Yes the road sucks. Yes that car in front is clearly not built for these steep climbs and tight corners. So what? Just relax, wind down the window and enjoy some music or something.

Deref 8:47 am 11 Dec 13

milkman said :

There’s nothing wrong with the road, it’s the lack of skill of some people using it causing the problem.

+1

The road’s clearly inadequate for the traffic it carries, but that doesn’t excuse the suicidal stupidity of the people we see every time we drive on it.

Thumper 8:19 am 11 Dec 13

CraigT said :

EvanJames said :

If I was the NSW government, I’d line the King’s with police, who get a commission for every speeding fine they issue, with bonuses for any other infringements they can slap on. A greedy cop every 500 metres. Guaranteed there’d be no fatalities, and the NSW government could line its coffers with gold.

And an extra bonus for booking anybody who thinks it’s a good idea to take their L-plated offspring down the Kings’ Highway.

on a Friday afternoon coming up to a long weekend….

460cixy 8:01 am 11 Dec 13

Always the blame game on the road. It’s morons that are impatient and can’t drive to the traffic and weather conditions is the issue. Besides who on earth wants to go to batemans gay anyhow. Yuck

ScienceRules 7:35 am 11 Dec 13

EvanJames said :

If I was the NSW government, I’d line the King’s with police, who get a commission for every speeding fine they issue, with bonuses for any other infringements they can slap on. A greedy cop every 500 metres. Guaranteed there’d be no fatalities, and the NSW government could line its coffers with gold.

Brilliant. Oh no wait, the opposite of brilliant…

milkman 6:45 am 11 Dec 13

There’s nothing wrong with the road, it’s the lack of skill of some people using it causing the problem.

CraigT 6:43 am 11 Dec 13

EvanJames said :

If I was the NSW government, I’d line the King’s with police, who get a commission for every speeding fine they issue, with bonuses for any other infringements they can slap on. A greedy cop every 500 metres. Guaranteed there’d be no fatalities, and the NSW government could line its coffers with gold.

And an extra bonus for booking anybody who thinks it’s a good idea to take their L-plated offspring down the Kings’ Highway.

EvanJames 10:40 pm 10 Dec 13

If I was the NSW government, I’d line the King’s with police, who get a commission for every speeding fine they issue, with bonuses for any other infringements they can slap on. A greedy cop every 500 metres. Guaranteed there’d be no fatalities, and the NSW government could line its coffers with gold.

magiccar9 10:07 pm 10 Dec 13

goggles13 said :

“For the past three summers, drivers are not getting the message about driving within the speed limit,” Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown said.

“NSW and ACT Policing data reveals that last summer from December to January, 354 drivers were issued with speeding fines. For the same two month period in 2011-2012 348 drivers were booked for speeding and the 2010-2011 summer saw 319 speeding tickets issued.”

“Thankfully crashes are trending down over the summer period.”

with these words, the whole message behind the press release has been lost. if speeding fines have gone up, but crashes have gone down, then there are other reasons people are crashing, not just due to speeding. try lack of ability to handle a car in country driving, lack of attention, tiredness, overconfidence, etc, etc, etc

Exactly! But speeding is easy to police. It earns the coppers some good coin and puffs up their figures for the operation.

damien haas 9:23 pm 10 Dec 13

Prof Don Aitkin was on the ABC News tonight saying ”its not a bad road at all, its a good country highway’.

If 50% of the accidents were speed related (whatever that means) what caused the remaining 50% ? I would suggest that the Kings Highway is not designed to carry the capacity its subjected to, and urgently needs to be upgraded. Perhaps ‘they’ would be better off using 21st century GIS data and rerouting the whole road instead of piecemeal passing lanes added here and there.

Instead of blaming drivers for not coping well with poor/outdated engineering that has vastly exceeded its design parameters, it would be safer in the long term to [provide an engineering solution that didnt have fatal consequences for impatience and fatigue.

Jono 8:18 pm 10 Dec 13

goggles13 said :

with these words, the whole message behind the press release has been lost. if speeding fines have gone up, but crashes have gone down, then there are other reasons people are crashing, not just due to speeding. try lack of ability to handle a car in country driving, lack of attention, tiredness, overconfidence, etc, etc, etc

The fact that the number of people caught speeding doesn’t mean that more people have been speeding. Did you consider the possibility that there’s been a greater police presence on the road, resulting in a greater percentage of speeding drivers being nabbed + more police visibility = fewer accidents?

goggles13 6:36 pm 10 Dec 13

“For the past three summers, drivers are not getting the message about driving within the speed limit,” Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown said.

“NSW and ACT Policing data reveals that last summer from December to January, 354 drivers were issued with speeding fines. For the same two month period in 2011-2012 348 drivers were booked for speeding and the 2010-2011 summer saw 319 speeding tickets issued.”

“Thankfully crashes are trending down over the summer period.”

with these words, the whole message behind the press release has been lost. if speeding fines have gone up, but crashes have gone down, then there are other reasons people are crashing, not just due to speeding. try lack of ability to handle a car in country driving, lack of attention, tiredness, overconfidence, etc, etc, etc

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