Cameras to make drive tight
BEWARE, big brother is now watching you in Urunga.
Big Rigs has received word from a truckie who wishes to stay anonymous, but felt too strongly about the issue not to speak up.
You see, new traffic cams have been installed in the town.
"I've just done a change-over at Kempsey," the trucker told us.
"And there's a new point-to-point camera at Urunga."
It is near the site of a tragic truck crash in January where a drunk driver crashed into a B-double and that B-double careered into a house killing an 11-year-old boy in his bedroom.
The anonymous driver said it seemed like the government had pointed the finger at truck drivers since the crash and they were now being punished.
The first camera, he said, was at the 80kmh zone near the servo in Urunga and finished in a 70kmh zone on the other side of town. "There's no 100kmh zones in between. They are trying to get the speed down through Uranga to 50kmh."
But this could cause problems for truck drivers as they drive in the 80kmh, 50kmh and 70kmh zones. "There is the chance of being nabbed if you were not careful," he said.
"It's going to be tight and very tricky for some drivers. They need to be aware. If you go through at 85, 50 and 75kmh you could get nabbed. It works on average speed and the time taken."
The truckie said some other camera drive times had been changed due to road works and improvements, especially when going through Harwood to Ballina, due to the bypass.
27 Safe-T-Cam cameras at 24 locations in NSW are linked with 13 Safe-T-Cam sites in South Australia.