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STOP THE MADNESS
I believe ‘stop’ signs were invented to make
drivers aware of dangerous intersections
and ensure they take the proper time and
care needed to proceed through the
intersection safely. In the past few years,
there have been many additional stop signs
added to relatively benign intersections in
the quiet suburban streets where I live. This
appears to be complete overkill and nobody
– not even the police – stops at them as
there’s clear visibility in both directions.
I feel we drivers should have a say when the local council or RMS decides we
need to have intersections changed, so we can be educated as to why the
change is proposed and allow us to have a voice. I believe many stop signs
can be replaced with ‘give way’ signs or removed completely without any
increased risk of accidents.
Peter Baker, St Marys
TURN FOR THE WORSE
Does anyone else get frustrated with drivers not signalling their intention to
turn right until the very last minute? This is a daily occurrence on my way
to work. You end up stuck behind these cars and missing at least, in my case,
two changes of lights as the left-hand lane is extremely busy and I have no
opportunity to move across.
If drivers began indicating at an appropriate distance before turning then
motorists behind them would have the opportunity to change lanes. There,
I got that off my chest! By the way, I really enjoy your Letters section.
Lorrie Crowfoot, Cremorne
My wife and I have noticed lately that indicators/blinkers on cars are not being
used properly, if at all. A lot of drivers are giving no warning of where they’re
going and think the rest of us are all mind readers.
Often when arriving at a roundabout, it’s a free-for-all, with vehicles going in all
directions with no indication of what they intend to do. I would ask these drivers
to please have some consideration for your fellow road users, as we all want to
avoid an accident wherever we can.
Another issue is headlights: there are so many incorrectly adjusted, and they
can blind the oncoming drivers. These should be thoroughly checked out by the
mechanic when you obtain your pink slip.
Terry Pollard, via email
Is texting even more
risky than talking on a
phone while driving?
I had no idea then what ‘Deni’ was or
where, but we were able to get tickets and,
more importantly, find accommodation
thanks to a cancellation. When we arrived
via flooded roads to the sodden venue, we
were given a great cheer by the group of
ticket checkers at the main gate – they
didn’t expect two 72-year-olds in a
Mercedes-Benz C-Class to be amongst the
thousands of utes and 4WDs!
We survived the cold wind and rain,
and enjoyed the concert and the local
museum located in the old school house.
I don’t think too many people are aware
of the role the Peppin family played in
the development of the Australian wool
industry – I know I wasn’t. It’s a great
story and I was pleased you wrote about
it. We just hope this year’s Muster has
David Williams, Bayview
Others have written about this issue
in the past, but can we please have
further driver education programs about
right of way for pedestrians. The NSW
Government explains the rule very clearly:
‘Drivers must give way to pedestrians
crossing the road into which their vehicles
are turning. You must also give way
to pedestrians if there is a danger of
colliding with them, even if there is no
marked pedestrian crossing.’
I live in Wollongong, near a busy
intersection, which people regularly cross
on their way to the beach. This morning,
I witnessed a driver who was in the wrong
abusing two pedestrians – a man and a
small child – as they were crossing the
street into which the car was turning.
The poor understanding of this rule
among drivers is cause for constant
aggravation and dangerous driving, and
leads to an unsafe and less pleasant
neighbourhood to live in.
Leah Gibbs, Wollongong
Stopping for no reason?
One reader thinks so.
21/8/17 5:24 pm
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