In the past 12 months 400 people have died on the state’s roads. That is almost the entire population of Lake Conjola, which is home to 437 people.
During the peak holiday period, from December 2017 to date, 56 people died in road accidents.
Just this year alone, NSW roads have claimed the lives of 16 people, with statistics from the NSW Centre for Road Safety showing the road toll increasing.
The most recent life to be lost in a car crash was in Narrawallee on Thursday afternoon following a head-on collision in a 60 km/h roadwork zone.
A 36-year-old mother died after her family’s SUV, travelling in the westbound lane, collided with an eastbound Volvo on a bend in the road. Meanwhile, her five-year-old son and 36-year-old husband are in critical conditions in Sydney hospitals.
The driver of the Volvo was treated for shock and taken to Milton Ulladulla Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command have established a crime scene. Crash Investigation Unit officers attended and have commenced inquiries into the fatal crash.
This crash follows a crash on the Princes Highway on Boxing Day, which killed the driver of a white 4WD, who crossed onto the wrong side of the road and killed three members of the Falkholt family and left one fighting for life.
Meanwhile, a Milton resident is calling on Roads and Maritime Services to lower the speed limit on Croobyar Road from 100km/h to 80km/h.
Ross Bacon said he wanted the speed changed before “a tragic accident occurred”.
Mr Bacon, who owns two properties on the Milton road, said other residents living in the area held the same view.
“[The] speed limit is dangerous, outdated and should be reduced. Perhaps it might have been appropriate years ago when the road was the main means of access for the older existing farms and there was limited vehicular traffic,” he said.
“However, over the years, with the creation of concessional lots, the construction of dwellings on most of these lots and the subdivision of some of the larger farms into smaller acreages, we now have a road which supports on any given day a substantial amount of normal road traffic.”