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A long-term resident has questioned whether unsafe driving practices in Cootamundra are becoming more and more common, suggesting minor infringements could simply be “habitual”. 

Judy Andrews has lived in the Cootamundra area since 1993 but only recently felt compelled to share her fears for the local community after noticing an increased number of drivers purportedly violating road rules. 

“I just want to bring attention to the number of people who aren't driving safely around Cootamundra,” Mrs Andrews said.

“Myself and others have noticed people driving across double lines, not indicating through intersections and the like.

“It’s all an accident waiting to happen.”

It’s lucky there hasn’t been a serious incident. - Resident Judy Andrews

The former Wallendbeen resident suspects it might simply be a case of habit but nevertheless encouraged people to take the time to be more careful on the roads.

“Not all of it seems illegal but it doesn’t seem safe either,” she said.

“There’s no bobby (police officer) on the beat here, not anymore.

“It’s lucky there hasn’t been a serious incident yet.”

However, Cootamundra LAC Detective Inspector Scott Wilkinson is yet to notice an increase in traffic infringements across the area.

"To my knowledge, there's no spike or increase in traffic offences generally," he said

"There's not many tickets issued around here."

CGRC civil works manager Mark Ellis said that although no official complaints had yet been made to council, drivers must take care behind the wheel.

“Drivers have to be aware of their situation when driving in town,” he said.

“If people have any issues about roads or markings, they can bring them to us and we will review them accordingly.”

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