Local road’s shocking statistics: 26 crashes in five years
WITH 26 crashes in five years - and 22 of those linked to speeding - a five-week road campaign will aim to improve safety on Ross Lane at Lennox Head.
The road is a high-traffic area, with drivers using it to travel between Ballina, Lennox Head, the Pacific Highway and Cumbalum.
But it is now a hotspot for crashes and speeding.
Road safety officer with Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services, Helen Carpenter, said the speed limit on Ross Lane had already been reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h in an effort to slow drivers down.
She said most crashes involved motorists on the road between 6am and 9am and between 3pm and 6pm.
Many drivers were 15km/h or more over the legal speed limit.
"We want to remind drivers and motorcyclists not to exceed the 80km/h speed limit on Ross Lane, and watch for cars entering from Sanctuary Village, Fig Tree Drive, Newrybar Swamp Road and other lanes," Ms Carpenter said.
"Motorists should also drive to conditions; slow-down in wet weather, use headlights in low light, and brake to a safe speed before entering bends.
"Ross Lane is a public road, not a speed circuit.
"People need to take the bends smoothly by using the width of their side of the road and ease into curves: don't straighten and cross the central lines."
Over a five-week road safety campaign, drivers will be reminded about speed limits with speed advisory signs and police patrols.
"Driving the same road every day does not mean you can drive it faster. Speeding puts yourself and other people at risk," Ms Carpenter said.