RMS to install extra signage following another Pacific Highway fatality

A tragedy: The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) is assisting police with the investigation. Photo: Ivan Sajko.
A tragedy: The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) is assisting police with the investigation. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

EXTRA signage urging motorists to drive safely on the highway through Telegraph Point will be installed following the death of a woman in a four vehicle crash on Tuesday.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is assisting NSW Police with the investigation into the fatal accident along the notorious stretch near Pembrooke Road.

RMS will install variable message signs to highlight and reiterate the need for motorists to drive safely while upgrade works on the highway continue.

“Earlier this month, Roads and Maritime carried out an investigation after a crash involving four heavy vehicles occurred around a kilometre away from this incident,” a spokesperson said.

“Findings show there was appropriate signage in place at various intervals leading up to the roadworks near where the collision occurred.

“This section of the existing two-lane highway at Telegraph Point will be bypassed by the new divided highway.

“Work is being carried out to ensure the new Pacific Highway is upgraded and opened as soon as possible to improve safety and reduce travel times for all road users.”

The cause of Tuesday’s accident will be determined by the police crash investigation unit. The opening of the new section of highway cannot come soon enough with the community calling for action in the interim to ensure no more lives are lost.

The RMS and police continue to call on drivers to be aware of changing conditions on area roads and drive accordingly.

Double demerit points will be in force over the October long weekend.

Speed continues to be the biggest killer on our roads, contributing to about 40 per cent of all road deaths in NSW last year, while 83 people died because they were too tired to drive.

And turn your phone off. Last year 38,000 drivers were fined for illegally using their mobile phones while driving.

NRMA’s recent  ‘Can't talk. Driving.’ report reveals that over one in five of drivers have been involved in a near-miss behind the wheel because the other driver was using the phone while driving.

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