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Emma Kealy appeals for driver vigilance on rural roads following fatality

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has appealed for drivers on rural roads to be vigilant and constantly watch for potential dangers after a 19-year-old man died in a car crash west of Horsham.
A devastated Ms Kealy said her investigations into roads across the electorate had revealed many were in a far from ideal condition.
“I don’t know the specific circumstances of the incident but this tragedy illustrates just how potentially dangerous our roads can be – especially connecting rural roads. I can only stress for people to take care,” she said.
Ms Kealy made her comments after hearing news of the single-vehicle crash on Polkemmet Road, a road she had visited with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester in June last year in the wake of latest national black spot funding.
At the time she used Polkemmet Road as an example of a road in need of more State Government care.

CONCERN: Member for Lowan Emma Kealy with Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester.

CONCERN: Member for Lowan Emma Kealy with Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester.

Ms Kealy was careful to avoid laying any blame for the cause of Sunday’s crash, which occurred between 1am and 8am, Sunday.
But she said she was compelled to comment, considering there had been three fatal car crashes on the road in the past six years.
“It is dreadful to hear this type of news, especially after visiting the specific road involved in Sunday’s incident last year,” she said. “Across a vast area of the Wimmera, Mallee and Grampians there are many similar roads that pose similar risks.
“Apart from all the other aspects involved in safe driving, the message is to be aware that some of these roads are prone to deterioration or other problems and extra care is needed.”
Horsham Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Stewart Holwarth said the driver of the vehicle was the only occupant of the vehicle that was travelling west when the incident occurred.
“For reasons undetermined, the vehicle has left the road, veered across the road, rolled and ended up in a dam,” he said.
“A local landholder has noticed debris on the side of the road, stopped to investigate and found the vehicle, which was fairly concealed from the roadside.
“We’re unsure what has contributed to this, but it’s obviously devastating for family, friends and the community and now it’s subject to a Coronial investigation.”
Last year the Federal Government committed $955,000 of black spot funding for work on a 2.3-kilometre section of Polkemmet Road west from Quantong-Cemetery Road.

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