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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

From the editor: chaotic week on roads

First, it was the car that drove off a cliff at Bar Beach last week.

The driver miraculously survived, while a mother and her young child, who were playing on the beach below, suffered leg injuries and minor scratches respectively.

Who would think that simply going to the beach on a Thursday morning could end up putting your life in danger?

During this same week, another incident in Lake Macquarie – this time in the early hours of Saturday morning – highlighted the way stupidity and selfishness can negatively impact innocent people’s lives.

Eleven people were injured – one critically – when a 17-year-old driver, who was already disqualified from driving and allegedly later returned a positive roadside breath test, reportedly decided to run a red light in Edgeworth and collided with a van, which was operating as a taxi.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother-of-three who is, at the time of going to print, still in a critical condition in hospital.

Today – 1 October – officially marks the start of the bushfire season.

Our cover stars, Neil and Alison Mutton, join the chorus of those hoping this summer is much less busy, and destructive, than the last one.

Read more on pages 16 and 17.