Lyndal Denny of Alstonville, is hoping to take her COASTtoCOAST100 road safety campaign national.
Lyndal Denny of Alstonville, is hoping to take her COASTtoCOAST100 road safety campaign national. The Northern Star/Cathy Adams

Alstonville woman's bid to stop bad drivers

'DOB in a dangerous driver and save a life' is the message Lyndal Denny, of Alstonville, wants the nation to hear.

She wants the Federal Government to set up a national hotline so that motorists can report dangerous driving on the highway, much like a 'Neighbourhood Watch on wheels'.

Ms Denny has sent a National Road Safety Hotline Draft Discussion paper to every Federal, State and Territory roads and transport minister in Australia.

She wants a steering committee established and a pilot study undertaken to test the effectiveness of a hotline.

More than half a million people have visited the COASTtoCOAST100 website Ms Denny created in response to a distressing incident where she was tailgated by a truck on the Pacific Highway a year ago.

The lukewarm reception Ms Denny said she received at Ballina police station prompted her to find a way to hold truck drivers accountable for their driving.

She now wants to extend that accountability to all road users.

"The police are under-resourced and dangerous drivers know nobody out there is checking on them," she said.

Ms Denny has serious concerns for the stretch of Pacific Highway between the NSW Mid-North Coast and Far North Coast.

Nine people have died on this section of highway since June this year, and Ms Denny would like it to be part of a pilot study on how effective the hotline could be in reducing deaths on the 18,000 kilometres of roads in NSW.

Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin has given her support to the hotline initiative. She has delivered Ms Denny's discussion paper to Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.

"It's about improving safety on the roads; this targets our behaviour," she said.

Ballina MP Don Page has shown his support by writing to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the National Transport Commission.

"There is merit in the general concept of more eyes on the road," he said.


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