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ACT Chief Minister apparently unconcerned by mass dangerous driving

By TenPro - 11 July 2013 32

On 14 June 2013 I sent the ACT Chief Minister the following email:

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Chief Minister

Urgent action required! Danger to life and property in the Homeworld carpark

Some time ago the rows in the Homeworld carpark in Tuggeranong were changed from 2 way to 1 way. (I make this statement assuming that my interpretation of the evidence is correct. Prior to the change there were no markings on the bitumen and no signage. After the change there were arrows on the bitumen indicating one way only, and at one entrance/exit there was a sign erected indicating that users must turn left only into the main part of the carpark. To me there is no contradiction in these measures in this carpark. However, based on my extensive use of many other carparks in Canberra it is not uncommon for the bitumen/concrete markings and signage to be clearly contradictory. It is as if there is no ACT Government legislation or regulations governing such things. So my interpretation of the evidence may not be correct. However, for the purposes of this letter to you I am going to assume that it is.). I do not know why this was done as I have used this carpark for many years and it worked fine the way it was. Initially when the changes were made by the owners of the carpark, Mirvac, small white arrows pointing in one direction were painted on the bitumen in the middle of each row. For me this was sufficient to communicate the new situation. However, due to the epidemic of stupidity and disrespect that has swept the Australian community over the last couple of decades or so, this made no difference to the behaviour of a large proportion of the users of the carpark who continued to travel in both directions.

Then some time ago the small white arrows were replaced by large yellow arrows, and a sign was erected at one entrance/exit indicating that users must turn left only into the main part of the carpark. However, this still made no difference to a large proportion of the carpark users.

Then, just recently, a second sign has been erected at the same entrance/exit indicating that users must turn left only into the main part of the carpark. As was to be expected, this small change has not made any difference to the carpark user’s behaviour.

Based on many months of observation, I estimate that at least 50% of the carpark users travel the wrong way along the one way rows. This represents a very large number of drivers travelling the wrong way along our streets.

This is an urgent issue as, clearly, large numbers of drivers travelling the wrong way along our streets presents a serious danger to life and property.

I request that the ACT Government take urgent effective action to remedy this extremely dangerous situation.
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To date, almost 1 month later, I have not received a reply. Apparently the ACT Chief Minister is unconcerned by mass dangerous driving on ACT roads that endangers life and property .

Of course this is only to be expected given the generally appalling management of the usage of ACT roads exercised by the ACT government.

What’s Your opinion?


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32 Responses to
ACT Chief Minister apparently unconcerned by mass dangerous driving
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Objective 1:46 pm
11 Jul 13
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>Based on many months of observation….

Wish I had your free time

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davo101 1:47 pm
11 Jul 13
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So does TenPro = Evil_Kitten?

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beardedclam 2:09 pm
11 Jul 13
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Are you serious?
You are drawing a long bow there. People driving through carparks at 5-10 kph within the boundaries of a privately leased block does not reflect the driving on our roads.
No wonder you didnt get a response. I would be very surprised if the ACT Government had any authority to do anything about this scenario.

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p1 2:34 pm
11 Jul 13
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beardedclam said :

Are you serious?
You are drawing a long bow there. People driving through carparks at 5-10 kph within the boundaries of a privately leased block does not reflect the driving on our roads.
No wonder you didnt get a response. I would be very surprised if the ACT Government had any authority to do anything about this scenario.

Try driving drunk and at speed in a privately owned (but publicly accessible carpark and see how much authority the government has on the matter.

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bd84 2:43 pm
11 Jul 13
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The carpark is privately owned and the government has no say in how the owner decides to manage the flow of traffic within the property. You will probably get a reply sometime saying exactly that.

The Chief Minister isn’t even the correct minister to send correspondence to regarding roads and traffic.

Seeing you have the time to write such long-winded rants about a issue that could have been explained in 1 paragraph at most, you could have at least done some proper research to find the correct people to contact and sent an email to Mirvac instead.

Anyway, I’m sure if pedestrians look both ways before crossing the carpark area, that nobody will die.

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FioBla 2:47 pm
11 Jul 13
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I say you should send this to the opposition leader as well. By registered mail even.

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Thumper 2:50 pm
11 Jul 13
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To date, almost 1 month later, I have not received a reply

The wheels of government grind slowly forward.

The ACT government even moreso.

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caf 2:57 pm
11 Jul 13
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FioBla said :

I say you should send this to the opposition leader as well. By registered mail even.

I suggest the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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dkNigs 3:03 pm
11 Jul 13
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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow(ser)

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magiccar9 3:11 pm
11 Jul 13
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Seriously!? How ‘special’ are you? Did you happen to notice in your observations that the lanes are more than adequate in width to allow 2 cars (and even soccer mum SUVs) side by side with enough space left over for someone with a trolley.
If you can’t manage to drive through that area safely then please hand in your license. Also, next time you’re crossing these roads, feel free to give me a wave and I’ll make sure not to stop.

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harvyk1 3:22 pm
11 Jul 13
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magiccar9 said :

Seriously!? How ‘special’ are you? Did you happen to notice in your observations that the lanes are more than adequate in width to allow 2 cars (and even soccer mum SUVs) side by side with enough space left over for someone with a trolley.
If you can’t manage to drive through that area safely then please hand in your license. Also, next time you’re crossing these roads, feel free to give me a wave and I’ll make sure not to stop.

Whilst wow the OP wrote a pretty long winded letter, why should he / she be concerned about a potentially dangerous situation?

What is it with RiotACT posters and instantly dismissing (often suggesting the OP should hand in their license) any complaint about suggested improvements to roads where the OP has identified a potentially dangerous design.

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Madam Cholet 3:39 pm
11 Jul 13
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Here we go again. Without making comment on the OP and the reason why they have enough time to monitor this car park, the fact remains that it is regulated the same as any road way and that signage and directions must be followed. I believe this car park has been talked about on RA before and that someone posted previously that they informed the police of the flouting of the rules – they apparently cared as little as the Chiefly One.

When I drive through here I ensure that anyone going the wrong way cannot get past. They very quickly work out what they are doing wrong. You have no reason to let them past – apart from the need to get on with your day of course.

The fact that many pay no attention to the signs and large yellow arrows is worrying and is also reflected out on the roads

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JC 3:46 pm
11 Jul 13
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Two points. Homeworld is private, the Cheif Minister doesn’t control the car park you should write to who ever owns/manages the car park.

Secondly the chief minister or should I say her office are meant to reply in one calendar month.

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JC 3:51 pm
11 Jul 13
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harvyk1 said :

magiccar9 said :

Seriously!? How ‘special’ are you? Did you happen to notice in your observations that the lanes are more than adequate in width to allow 2 cars (and even soccer mum SUVs) side by side with enough space left over for someone with a trolley.
If you can’t manage to drive through that area safely then please hand in your license. Also, next time you’re crossing these roads, feel free to give me a wave and I’ll make sure not to stop.

Whilst wow the OP wrote a pretty long winded letter, why should he / she be concerned about a potentially dangerous situation?

What is it with RiotACT posters and instantly dismissing (often suggesting the OP should hand in their license) any complaint about suggested improvements to roads where the OP has identified a potentially dangerous design.

As mentioned by a few people the car park in question is private. Secondly if people are concerned about roads the first course if action should be to fill in the feed back form online. I have raised issues and get a response by the appropriate area pretty quickly. Sending diatribe to the chief Minister is not the best way to go about getting a complaint of this nature addressed.

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beardedclam 4:08 pm
11 Jul 13
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p1 said :

beardedclam said :

Are you serious?
You are drawing a long bow there. People driving through carparks at 5-10 kph within the boundaries of a privately leased block does not reflect the driving on our roads.
No wonder you didnt get a response. I would be very surprised if the ACT Government had any authority to do anything about this scenario.

Try driving drunk and at speed in a privately owned (but publicly accessible carpark and see how much authority the government has on the matter.

But thats not at all what this is about. If that was the original article, there would have been a different reply, however its not. Can you see the difference?

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