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Please leave the sightseeing to your passengers while you drive at a reasonable speed. (The limit is 100km/h; if you can’t negotiate Coolamon Scenic Drive at a minimum of 80km/h then you ought not be driving, period!)

GB Haynes, Federal

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  1. I think the Coolamon Scenic Drive is for everyone’s benefit, like any other scenic drive within Australia and the speed limits adjusted accordingly.

  2. dear gb haynes
    i am also a resident of the hinterland for over 15 years now and i am still horrified by the lack of appropriate speed-limits on our precious pot-holly narrow winding roads. you might feel almighty and super-confident navigating roads that have been built for a significantly lower amount of traffic, god knows how many years ago but in your rage against those who dowdle. i suggest they may just be people who value their lives and that of their children as well as the scenery and i suggest you show some compassion, take a chill pill and enjoy the view.
    love and peace and no more death on our roads due to idiotic speeding lunes whatever their age……..
    silke dailey-keil

  3. Don’t be in such a hurry, sir. Many of us are guilty of forgetting what attracts us to living in this magnificent area, as are many of us too caught up in daily living to remember that the journey all too often is the destination. A road that you have driven on often and are familiar with might very easily be mistaken for a route that less familiar drivers could navigate as easily, yet speaking from experience, as an experienced driver with excellent skills and driving record, I don’t find the road in question to be always as easily able to be negotiated as you suggest. In fact, your personal disgruntlement only seems to be pushing in favour of reducing the speed limit as has happened in so many other local areas, including the Bangalow Rd to Byron and of course, the national Pacific Highway in our region (even in areas including long overtaking lanes).

    I’m all for being afforded the freedom to travel at a speed suitable to my needs, abilities, and local knowledge, so for what it’s worth, I think it’s time to seriously push for many and regular stopping points or short service-roads for slower vehicles to be reminded with signage to pull into regularly to allow backed-up traffic behind them to pass safely. In some parts of the world (the USA that I know of) it is designated law that vehicles traveling under the posted speed limit MUST pull over when there is a minimum of 5 vehicles tagging behind them. In our local conditions, I would recommend that when the first road-sign indicating a pull-over area is approaching, any vehicles following might politely flash their lights to indicate their desires, and the slow traveler may feel happy to get them off their arse as they enjoy their leisurely tour of our paradise on Earth.


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