Action demanded on 'killer roads'
By JANE GARDNER
firstname.lastname@example.org THE SICKENING crunch of car accidents is an all too common sound for Rifle Range Road residents at Wollongbar.
Doug Read has seen so many on the 200-metre stretch outside his house he has a collection of P-plates and hubcaps.
Just last Monday afternoon, an 18-year-old P-plate driver from Queensland wrote off his car in a ditch at the front of Mr Read's property after skidding through a 180-degree turn. He escaped without injury.
"That lad was lucky," Doug said. "I went down there to see if he'd taken out my fence, like the last one did. In seven years I've seen about 10 accidents. They just use the double lines as a guideline.
"People go too fast for this road, especially the P-platers. It should be a 60km/h zone."
Doug's neighbour, Scott Leslie, 37, was harvesting macadamias nearby when he saw the accident happen. "It is such a notorious bend of road," he said.
Mr Leslie's family has lived at their Rifle Range Road home for 40 years. They have seen dozens of cars run off the road and into the property across the road from them.
They have also witnessed many accidents where people have been seriously injured and are often first on the scene. As The Northern Star interviewed residents along the road, which recently claimed the life of an Ocean Shores teen, a clear message emerged ? the 100km/h speed limit must be lowered to save lives.
A spokesman for the RTA said they had no record of correspondence from anyone asking to reduce the speed limit, but they would look in to it.
"We will review the speed limit based on road conditions if we receive enough interest," he said.