Drivers warned to take care on Pacific Hwy this Christmas
WITH Christmas just around the corner, the annual traffic mayhem that descends upon the Pacific Hwy is set to arrive.
Incredibly, statistics show the number of vehicles on the road that join Newcastle and the Queensland border double during the festive season.
The general manager at Transport for NSW's Centre for Road Safety, Marg Prendergast, said taking care on the Pacific Hwy during the Christmas and New Year is paramount.
"Motorists are urged to exercise patience and caution as there will be many more cars on the road," Ms Prendergast said.
In a bid to reduce traffic, work on the Pacific Hwy is closing down Saturday, December 22 with work to resume progressively from Wednesday, January 2.
Ms Prendergast said this is no excuse for drivers to think old speed limits apply.
"Roadwork speed limits are enforceable and stay in place even when there is no work being carried out," she said.
"Road users should follow signs and drive carefully through work sites.
"Special care should be taken on the Pacific Hwy in upgrade areas around Bulahdelah, Herons Creek, Kempsey, from Sapphire to Woolgoolga, north of Coffs Harbour, Tabbimobile and from Tintenbar to the Byron Bay turnoff."
She also warned motorists to exercise patience, especially in areas where traditional traffic build-ups occur.
"Queuing and delays can be expected on the northbound approach to Bulahdelah, Kempsey and Macksville," she said.
"Traffic will also be noticeably heavier on Fridays and weekends during late December and early January. It will be at its highest on Sunday 23, Monday 24, Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 December."
Motorists have also been warned double demerits will be enforced from midnight on Thursday, December 20 to midnight on Tuesday, January 1 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.