DEATHLY DRIVE: As part of the Daily News' holiday road safety campaign, Give...Don't Grieve, we caught up with David Kemp who says he is sick of waiting for Main Roads to fix the Yangan Rd potholes.
DEATHLY DRIVE: As part of the Daily News' holiday road safety campaign, Give...Don't Grieve, we caught up with David Kemp who says he is sick of waiting for Main Roads to fix the Yangan Rd potholes. Molly Glassey

DEATH DRIVE: 'We can't afford to wait for a fatality'

IT'S only a matter of time before a driver strikes a pothole, rolls and dies on Yangan Rd, according to Warwick District Community Road Safety committee member David Kemp.

A culvert 3.3m deep lurks less than a metre from the edge of Yangan Rd, preceded by countless potholes that are deepening and stretching by the day.

Now, after pleas with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Mr Kemp is forecasting no repairs will take place until a life is lost on the "dangerous stretch".

"Old cars will follow the grooves of the road, and we're worried those are the ones that will hit a pothole and crash," Mr Kemp said.

"Drivers are travelling at 100kmh on this road, and if you hit a pothole at that speed, and lose control, you've got no hope.

"I drive this road every day so I know where they are, and where to slow down, but if you didn't, and hit one, there would be no time to correct."

A decade ago, the road claimed a 28-year-old man's life when his car flipped several times after hitting a culvert while taking a bend.

Only two years ago, the Fisher family were lucky to survive a roll-over on the same stretch of road.

"I don't really know (how it happened); one wheel came off the side of the road and the next thing we were upside down," Rod Fisher said moments after the incident.

Mr Kemp said the Warwick community could not afford to wait for another death or serious crash on the road, which was only becoming busier.

"There would be tourists who take the road who would have no idea about these potholes," he said.

"The trucks from the quarry can force a car to hit a pothole or off the the road.

"We're sick of band-aid solutions to this problem."

A spokesman from the Department Main Roads said he was unable to give a response to the concerns before next week, however potholes can be reported by phoning 131940.



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