Long delays on holiday highways

MOTORISTS returning home after the long-weekend faced traffic queues as long as eight kilometres at Bulahdelah and three kilometres at Hexham yesterday.

Traffic heading south on the Pacific Highway slowed to a crawl at two major bottlenecks for more than eight hours yesterday as holiday-makers returned to the Hunter after heading north over Labour Day long-weekend. 

Roads and Maritime Services monitored the two sections for most of the day with Bulahdelah first posing a problem about 10.40am and Hexham becoming banked up about midday. 

According to the RSM, the notorious Bulahdelah stretch was the worst in northern NSW yesterday with motorists facing more than eight kilometre queues and 45 minute delays for most of the day. 

Port Stephens police conducting Operation Slowdown over the long-weekend stopped a black Holden utility on Lemon Tree Passage Road, Tanilba Bay about 6pm on Sunday.

The 19-year-old P-plater was allegedly detected travelling at 152km/h in a 100km/h zone. He was spoken to by police before being issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

His license was immediately suspended. 

The long-weekend road toll stands at two after the deaths of a 20-year-old man and a boy, 8, in separate crashes at McGraths Hill and Appin Road in western Sydney.

Investigations are continuing into a crash that claimed the life of a woman in Sydney’s west on Saturday night but police clarified yesterday that her death would not be included in the road toll. 

The latest figures released by police reveal that more than 124 people have been charged with drink-driving during this year’s operation, 79 less than during the same period last year.

More than 4460 traffic infringement notices had been issued by police by Sunday night. 

The four-day state-wide traffic campaign concluded at 11.59pm last night. 

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