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Hoon heaven: Six roads named as hot spots for local hoons

SIX OF THE WORST: Top row, from left: Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell; South Tweed stretch of Pacific Highway; Summerland way from Grafton to Casino. Bottom row, from left: Bangalow Road near Lismore; Bruxner Highway in Goonellabah; Tweed Valley Way.
SIX OF THE WORST: Top row, from left: Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell; South Tweed stretch of Pacific Highway; Summerland way from Grafton to Casino. Bottom row, from left: Bangalow Road near Lismore; Bruxner Highway in Goonellabah; Tweed Valley Way. The Northern Star And Tweed Daily News

THEY'RE heaven for speedsters but hell for the police and emergency services that have to clean up after they crash.

Police have named Bangalow Rd, the Pacific Hwy, the Bruxner Hwy, Tweed Valley Way, Coolamon Scenic Dr and Summerland Way as the six worst roads for speeding on the Northern Rivers.

These are the places police have caught the most motorists driving at extremely high speeds - more than 30-45kmh over the posted speed limit.

The police officer charged with stopping speedsters in the Richmond and Byron-Tweed local area commands, Highway Patrol Sergeant Chad George, said those ignoring the speed limit were endangering themselves and everyone around them.

"They're not only risking their own lives but those of other members of the community," he said.

Official New South Wales Bureau of Crime and Statistics figures show that from April 2012 to March 2013 police caught 6671 people speeding in the Richmond/Tweed area.

At least 290 of those speeders were travelling at more than 30kmh over the speed limit and at least 70 were travelling at more than 45kmh over the limit.

Motorists on the Northern Rivers coughed up more than $1.7 million in speeding fines in 2012-13.

However, despite that and other penalties such as losing licences, speeding remained a significant issue across the region.

Sgt George said targeted measures to reduce the number of motorists flouting the law were in place.

"Coolamon Scenic Dr has been getting a lot of attention. It's definitely a problem area for crashes," Sgt George said.

"All of the problem areas will see a high police presence though."

Topics:  hoons, speeding



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