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Gambling with lives Tyndale asks coroner for speed cut

SIX people have been killed in 10 years on the same stretch of road at Tyndale, and locals say they are fighting for their lives.

The Tyndale Progress Association has written a letter to the state coroner, Mr Michael Barnes, in a bid to have the speed limit reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h on the 6km stretch of Pacific Hwy between Sheehys and Byron's Lns.

Secretary of the progress association Anne Lloyd, by whom the letter is signed, said action had to be taken before another life was lost.

"Over the past 10 years there have been five fatal accidents (six deaths) in the 5km area to the north of the intersection of the Pacific Hwy and Sheehys Ln," Ms Lloyd said.

"The most recent incident and subject of this inquiry was to the south of the intersection and is not included in these RMS statistics.

"Additionally recorded are a total of 37 accidents resulting in 30 injuries.

"Unrecorded are the countless 'near miss' events we, as residents, see almost daily."

Ms Lloyd said while some motorists chose to exceed the legal speed limit along that stretch, the legal limit was still too fast.

"As residents, we feel the highway is unsafe yet we have no option but to place ourselves and our families at risk on a daily basis," she said.

The plea from Tyndale residents to have the speed limit changed is no new chorus, and Ms Lloyd said they had repeatedly appealed to the Roads and Maritime Service to listen.

"We acknowledge the RMS is undergoing preparation for improvement and re-alignment of the Pacific Hwy and it is expected that 'through traffic' will use the upgraded facility, however this is still many years away from completion," she said.

"We cannot afford to wait that long and urge the coroner to immediately reduce the speed limit.

The progress association now plays the waiting game to hear what the coroner has to say.

Topics:  pacific highway, rms, roads and maritime services, speed limit, tyndale




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