Drivers urged to take care in wet

CAUGHT: Ignoring the barriers. file
CAUGHT: Ignoring the barriers. file

RISKY: Caught disobeying the law. sg-031210- 177

CENTRAL Highlands Regional Mayor Peter McGuire has called on the Emerald public to respect and obey road closure barriers on Central Highlands roads.

“If there are barriers on roads, or traffic controls in place, obey them. The last thing we want is to have a tragedy in this area with a car washed over into fast-flowing waters,” he said.

“It’s not only placing your life at risk, but our SES volunteers and emergency workers who perform the rescues may also be in danger.

“Our staff and Main Roads have done a great job reopening roads to all traffic as quickly as possible.

“But drivers still need to exercise restraint and drive to the conditions.”

On Monday, Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace called on motorists to take extra care travelling on drenched roads.

Hundreds of kilometres of roads affected by rising floodwaters throughout the state had been closed, he said.

He said some road damage may take months to repair.

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