Large burn-out tracks on the intersection of Tintenbar Rd and Tamarind Rd at Tintenbar. Photo Leah White / The Northern Star
Large burn-out tracks on the intersection of Tintenbar Rd and Tamarind Rd at Tintenbar. Photo Leah White / The Northern Star Leah White

Alstonville residents say burnout drivers will kill someone

BLACK tyre marks fishtailing over blind hill crests and heavy burnout tracks on dangerous intersections have residents in the Alstonville area concerned a fatality is just around the corner.

The numerous highly-visible rubber tracks can be seen at several intersections, particularly around Alstonville, Tuckombil, Teven and Tintenbar.

Residents' concerns

Former police officer and Tuckombil resident Ian Perkins said many residents had voiced concerns over their safety on the roads, given the overwhelming evidence of reckless driving.

Tuckombil resident Ian Perkins points to burn-out tyre tracks on the intersection of Eltham Rd and Tevan Rd. Photo Leah White / The Northern Star
Tuckombil resident Ian Perkins points to burn-out tyre tracks on the intersection of Eltham Rd and Tevan Rd. Photo Leah White / The Northern Star Leah White

"It could end up in a fatality, that's the bottom line," he said.

"And the particular road that we're talking about, it's had fatals on it.

"If you're doing fishtails over a crest from one side to the other of a blind hill, you're going to one day meet a car coming in the other direction."

Mr Perkins said of particular concern was a 400m tyre track weaving across both lanes over a blind crest on Pearces Creek Rd near a retirement village.

Visible tyre tracks

Dozens of large circle-shaped tyre tracks overlapping on low-visibility intersections are clearly visible to motorists.

"Aggravated burnouts are considered very serious offences and people's cars are confiscated," he said.

"Not only is it a blight on our community, it's the fear that every time you go out on the road that something could happen because there's the evidence staring you in the face every time you see it."

"There's hundreds and hundreds of motorists going past this every day now and they must be thinking terrible thoughts."

Highest fatalities

The marks are particularly concerning given the Northern region has the highest rate of road fatalities in the state, second only to Sydney.

Of the Northern region, which covers an area from just south of Port Macquarie to the Queensland border and west to Gunnedah, the two Northern Rivers police commands had the second and third highest number of fatalities.

This year 11 people have died on roads in the Tweed/Byron police command and 10 in the Richmond command, numbers surpassed only by the Hunter Valley which has had 12 fatalities.



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