Mayor issues plea for safety

CLARENCE Valley Mayor Ian Tiley yesterday issued a heartfelt plea to motorists to take care on the roads this Easter long weekend.

"My message is to stop, revive and survive as we all have loved ones, just take your time to arrive," he said.

"Recently three people were killed in a 22 hour period and until we have a dual carriageway in some places there is no margin for error, it is a very unforgiving highway."

Cr Tiley has joined with other mayors from councils between Port Stephens and Tweed Heads to urge Easter holiday makers to slow down on the Pacific Highway.

They hope to push the State and Federal Governments to upgrade the highway to a dual carriageway within 10 years.

"It is the one time of the year where it seems the largest amount of people use the highway from all over the State," he said.

"My mother lives in Taree and when I drive down there traffic just banks up around the Kempsey Bridge and near Maxwell, it seems that Easter has the most amount of traffic on the roads than anytime of the year, more so than Christmas."

Cr Tiley said a number of factors had led to the carnage on the roads but fatigue was main one.

"It's so important that people take their time on the roads because of the increased volumes of traffic, take your time and arrive alive," he said.

"This carnage on our roads just has to end as it truly is horrific."

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