FED UP: Tyndale Roadhouse owner Bev Traynor is hopeful the review of the Pacific Highway at Tyndale will lead to a cut in the speed limit. PHOTO: GEORJA RYAN
FED UP: Tyndale Roadhouse owner Bev Traynor is hopeful the review of the Pacific Highway at Tyndale will lead to a cut in the speed limit. PHOTO: GEORJA RYAN

How many have to die for speed limit to drop?

EVERY day she hears the screech of braking tyres.

"We hold our breath and wait to hear a bang."

Every day she watches as cars tear out of her car park trying to get up to speed before oncoming traffic catches up.

"You can't see a thing coming around that corner."

And every day, Bev Traynor prays she won't be the one to scrape a dead body off the Pacific Hwy.

"How many more people have to die for the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) to do something about it?" Mrs Traynor asked. As owner of the Tyndale Roadhouse, Mrs Traynor has seen her fair share of crashes and near-misses along that section of the highway.

In 2012 she fought to get the speed limit changed from 100kmh to 80kmh for the 2.6km stretch between the Coldstream River crossing and 300m north of the roadhouse.

Her fight was unsuccessful.

Two years later, she is back to rally the cause once more after another fatal crash over the Easter weekend.

"We have caravans pulling out from a standstill to a 100kmh road," Mrs Traynor said.

"There is no vision, so for those coming around the corner, they can't see a thing."

She said with the number of tourists who travelled through the area with trailers, campers and in vans, it was "ridiculous" the speed was still 100kmh.

"In 2012 the RMS guy told me there had not been enough fatalities to warrant a speed change," Mrs Traynor said.

"How many does there have to be?

"I see near misses every day with caravans, trucks and cars.

"I don't want to come out and scrape somebody off the road."

A Roads and Maritime Service spokesman said the speed limit of this section was reviewed in March last year and considered the "road environment, traffic characteristics and crash history", but no action was taken to reduce the speed limit.

"The existing speed limit of 100kmh was found to be appropriate for the conditions," the spokesman said.

If you have an opinion about this particular stretch of road, email georja.ryan @dailyexaminer.com.au.



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