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Roads Minister admits system failed the Falkholt family

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NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey admits more has to be done to avoid tragedies like the Falkholt family deaths.

50-year-old serial traffic offender Craig Whittall killed himself as well as Lars, Vivian and Annabelle Falkholt while driving home from a methadone clinic on Boxing Day.

Jessica Falkholt was also in the car and is clinging to life after having her life support switched off in hospital.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey says the system has let the community down, “Everything that the community expects us to do to keep them safe has not worked in this instance to be brutally honest.”

“He had a clear record for five years, his disqualification period ended in 2016, he was then able to walk into our offices as someone that had done his time, had done his disqualification… and receive his licence.

“There will be a thorough investigation of this case. We are looking internally at procedures and the processes that have enabled this to happen.

“It is up to the courts to make their judgement but once that period of disqualification has finished it is not in our role to be our own set of judges.

“We don’t want it happening again… but it’s certainly something that has got us all thinking as policymakers and as government, to have a better situation into the future.”

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