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Toll down but traffic queues up

Road death toll down but traffic still queues up on Pacific Hwy.
Road death toll down but traffic still queues up on Pacific Hwy.

THE PACIFIC Highway was once again shown to be insufficient for dealing with holiday traffic over the long weekend.

Major traffic delays were experi- enced on the Pacific Highway last night as holidaymakers returned to the southern cities.

The Roads and Traffic Management Centre reported queues of up to eight kilometres in the southbound lanes at Bulahdelah.

The delays were adding an extra 45 minutes to the average journey to Sydney.

Further to the Bulahdelah bottleneck there were 2.5-kilometre queues at Hexham, adding an extra 10 minutes to the travel times of motorists headed south.

The statewide road toll for the weekend stood at two, which was reasonably good news as that is lower than in previous years, according to a police officer.

NSW Police conducted a state- wide operation over the weekend with the intention of getting motorists to slow down.

As of Sunday afternoon, 124 people were charged with drink- driving, which was 79 less for the same period last year. This figure included 41 drivers testing positive on Sunday alone from 38,945 breath tests.

They also issued 4460 traffic infringement notices over the course of the weekend.

"This year to date, 296 people have lost their lives on NSW roads - 38 more than at the same time same time last year," said NSW Police Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations Nick Kaldas.

"It's too late for those who have already lost their lives due to senseless crashes, but it's not too late for you.

"The long weekend is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends. When you are out on the road, obey the law, drive carefully and get to your destination safely."

"In particular, parents driving the family home from school holidays at the end of next week should make sure they stick to the speed limit, drive to the conditions and take plenty of breaks."

Topics:  death toll, holidays, motorists, pacific highway, police, roads, traffic



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