Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Camera Switch-Off Stuns Campaigner

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Camera Switch-Off Stuns Campaigner

Article excerpt

THE State Government's decision to de-activate a high-profile Pacific Highway speed camera has left a local road safety campaigner dumbfounded.

John May has been tracking the flow of heavy vehicles through his home town of Urunga for more than a decade and can't believe the government has decided to turn off the speed camera which he claims has kept the brakes on trucks and cars exceeding the 60kmh limit.

aBefore the camera was put in place we were living under conditions no one should have to live under with trucks speeding along the Pacific Highway through Urunga and putting people's lives in danger,a Mr May said.

aThe camera breaks the

momentum of trucks through Urunga, where before it was

treated as a big dipper.a

Mr May claims 500 trucks pass through Urunga every hour and his 2001-2005 figures logged trucks going an average of 97kmh during the day and 107kmh at night in the 80kmh zone before the Urunga Bridge.

He said trucks would speed past Newry Island and pressure cars to go faster over the bridge when south-bound and when north-bound they would speed through black-spots like the

S-bend at Hungry Head and the crest at Martells Rd. …

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