Campaign to target Clothiers Creek speeders
TWEED Coast motorists will have their speed monitored during a six-week road safety campaign.
The Tweed Shire Council campaign will see an increased police presence on Clothiers Creek Rd, along with electronic message boards displaying road safety messages and speed checks.
These are in addition to the existing signs warning motorists to slow down in the koala crossing zone on the eastern stretch of the road near Cabarita.
The winding road is a hotspot for speed-related crashes and is among the riskiest stretches in the Tweed.
There have been 64 crashes reported on Clothiers Creek Rd in the last five years, 75% of which involved speeding.
All of these speed-related crashed involved a single vehicle, where the driver lost control on a bend with 60% occurring in wet conditions.
Council’s road safety officer Alana Brooks said most of these crashes could have been avoided.
“Speeding does not just mean driving above the posted limit, it also means driving too fast for the prevailing road and weather conditions and driving too fast around bends,” Ms Brooks said.
“Driving to conditions in the wet includes turning on your headlights; looking for water and debris on the road; slowing down especially around bends; and avoiding braking, accelerating or turning quickly to reduce your chances of skidding.”
Ms Brooks said familiarity was no safety-net for drivers: most crashes involved local drivers.
Tweed Shire Council received $242,500 under the 2015-16 Federal Blackspot Program to make a bend on Clothiers Creek Rd, near Condor Pl, safer.
The work is due to start in mid to late April and council has applied for further funding to improve the road.