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Motorists play cat and mouse

New England Hwy south of the Bracker Rd intersection.
New England Hwy south of the Bracker Rd intersection. Georja Ryan

MOTORISTS are fighting a constant battle around the Southern Downs against dodgy road conditions.

Crossing double lines and swerving into oncoming traffic are just a few examples of how drivers are forced to flirt with danger to avoid potholes.

Geoff Keys said the worst area was on the New England Hwy between Warwick and Stanthorpe and driving down it felt like a death trap.

"I drive that road almost every day and I've seen people crossing double lines to avoid the bad spots," Mr Keys said.

"What worries me is that the holes are so bad they can damage cars and what's worse is if they swerve to avoid the hole and lose control, they could hit other vehicles in the other lanes."

Some troublesome spots along the New England Hwy include the stretch just south of the Bracker Rd intersection, halfway up the Braeside hill and near The Summit.

"Some drivers know they're there so they can slow down but a lot of people don't and so they just hit it full-pelt or swerve and it's dangerous," Mr Keys said.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman said each situation needed to be judged individually and drivers should react how they felt it most safe.

He said it was the motorist's responsibility to drive to the conditions and slow down.

Talking responsibility, the Queensland Civil Liability Act 2003 states it is the authority's, in the case of the New England Hwy is TMR's, responsibility to repair a road, keep a road repaired and to inspect a road for the purpose of deciding the need to repair the road.

So what happens if your car is damaged from a pothole?

The Act states if the authority was aware of the risk that caused the damage, they could potentially be liable, but only if there is proof they were aware of the risk.

 

To report a pothole, phone the Dob a Pothole hotline on 13 19 40.

Topics:  department of transport and main roads, new england hwy, potholes, road rules




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