Dust storm whips up road safety concerns

Police urge drivers to slow down as dust storm blankets Sydney and threatens Far North Coast

September 23, 2009

A dust storm blanketing Sydney is causing road safety concerns, with police urging drivers to slow down.

Superintendent Michael Kenny from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command says the thick dust is a serious risk to drivers if they do not take precautions.

"In a dust storm visibility is seriously reduced, and drivers will need to slow down and switch on their lights," Kenny says.

Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle are still enveloped with the red dust and there are expectations residents of the Far North Coast will soon be affected.

"We urge drivers to take responsibility, slow down, and drive to the conditions," Kenny says.

"I am especially concerned as many roads within the command are 110km-signposted, and a high proportion of drivers are visitors to the area, which increases the potential risk to motorists."

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