‘You wonder if you will come home’: Driver’s highway safety concern

Mick Milroy says the Princes Highway is "dangerous" and needs urgent improvements.
Mick Milroy says the Princes Highway is "dangerous" and needs urgent improvements.

Wondering if he will come home to his family after a days work is reality for a brewing company sales rep who lives in Mollymook. 

Mick Milroy drives 1000 kilometres a week on the Princes Highway from Kiama to his Mollymook home and is concerned about the condition of the road. 

“I have been driving on the Princes Highway for the last 20 years; first as a tourist, and, for the the last 12 years, I have lived down here,” he said. 

“I do over a thousand kilometres a week from Mollymook to Kiama on the highway and I have mentioned to my wife many times how dangerous it is.

“You are just not sure if you are going to come home every night. It is a dangerous road.” 

Mr Milroy said there were “too many” spots without an area to pull off the road if trouble arose and a car was crossing the double lines. 

“It is more about parts of the road where there is no give in it, especially the bridge coming past Lake Conjola into the double lanes. If someone was to cross over the double lanes there, there is nowhere to go,” he said. 

“There are a number of spots on the highway that are like that. At least if there is somewhere to pull into, there is a chance of avoiding a collision.” 

Having his kids drive on the road to visit kept Mr Milroy on edge until they arrived safely. 

“My kids have moved away and come back down that highway to see us now,” he said. 

“I often say to them they need to ring to let us know when they are leaving to come down so we know what time they are going to get here and don’t worry too much. 

“We are more relieved once they are past Nowra on the way home, because between here and there is the worst part of it. 

“We need piece of mine to know they are getting home safe on that road.” 

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