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Urunga's Mayday call

Urunga Road safety campaigner John May has lobbied the state government since the town's speed camera was switched off. BRUCE THOMAS.
Urunga Road safety campaigner John May has lobbied the state government since the town's speed camera was switched off. BRUCE THOMAS.

JOHN May has lived at Urunga since 1992 and has lost count of the carnage on that stretch of the Pacific Highway.

He has been a strident campaigner and activist for road safety and says all locals deserve better than the current highway they've got.

"I reckon the Pacific Highway through Urunga is a third-world situation in regard to the tonnage of freight that comes through here close to homes every day, with minimal regulation," Mr May said.

"The speed camera does have an impact on the speed of vehicles through here."

Mr May welcomed the announcement by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay that the Government was reactivating the Urunga speed camera, but argued for an additional camera to be placed in the town.

"I would totally support having point-to-point cameras being in operation so the whole town will benefit from it."He said a bypass of Urunga was still several years off and this was simply unacceptable.

"They're talking about the earliest time for completion of the bypass is 2016 - we still have to live with this until 2016 and we deserve better than what we've got.

"This is like a World War One battlefield down here."

Mr Gay said the Urunga speed camera, which was turned off last year following an auditor-general's report, would be reactivated in a warning mode.

Rather than being issued a speeding fine, motorists would now receive a warning notice.

"It's an acknowledgment that we need to look at everything possible whilst we are waiting for the bypass and whilst we are evaluating the new road safety issues," Mr Gay said.

Topics:  crash pacific highway speed camera urunga



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