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Unbelievable drivers

By dazzab - 4 July 2012 77

I doubt that bad driving in Canberra is news worthy but today I witnessed something that really made me wonder how people get their drivers licenses.

Middle of a lovely sunny day in very light traffic I’m heading East on Ginnenderra Drive and pull up to a red light at Kingsford Smith intersection. I notice an ambulance in the distance heading West on Ginnenderra with siren blaring and lights flashing. I think to myself how easy he will get through the interesection given how little traffic there is and I’m a bit suprised at how cautiously he approaches given how open the interesection is.

As I sit there and watch in disbelief, a car on Kingsford Smith makes a right turn across the path of the ambulance. They had been stopped waiting for the light to turn green and when it did they just made the turn as normal in spite of an ambulance just a few metres away with siren and lights on trying to cross the intersection. OK, benefit of doubt to the driver as maybe there was some reason they didn’t yield. Maybe they were busy texting or talking on the phone.

But then the car behind them continues through the light as well and then the third, fourth and fifth car as well! That’s right, five cars turned across the path of an ambulance attempting to cross the intersection as if it wasn’t even there.  The ambulance was forced to sit there and wait. Simply unbelievable.

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JC 5:19 pm
04 Jul 12
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Every day you see stupid things like this. Yesterday I saw a classic on Gininderra Drive at Evatt in the ‘morning peak’ yesterday. P plater in the left hand lane heading east. 4WD tunrs left out of William Webb Drive, which is ok as they have their own lane and starts to accelerate, as they are legally allowed to do. P is now in the middle lane ALONG side the 4WD and starts to indicate, then as the other vehicle wasn’t slowing (nor should they either) he decides to speed up and at the very last minute gets in front and cuts across to turn onto William Slim Drive. I reckon they would have been mm’s away from getting cleaned up in the process.

Until the very last moment the 4WD would not have had any chance what so ever to see the P platters indicators, and as mentioned above even if he did see the indicator was under no obligation to let the P platter in. All the P platter had to do was, heaven forbid take the foot off the accelerator and pull in behind. Not sure what it is they are teaching them these days, but plain stupidity is clearly one of them.

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bundah 5:25 pm
04 Jul 12
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Now that would be a case of the blind leading the blind!

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Genie 5:26 pm
04 Jul 12
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That intersection is terrible. I travel through there almost daily and have lost count at the amount of cars I have to give way to running the red light….

Just face the facts Canberra drivers are terrible…

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Spykler 7:05 pm
04 Jul 12
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Genie said :

That intersection is terrible. I travel through there almost daily and have lost count at the amount of cars I have to give way to running the red light….

Just face the facts Canberra drivers are terrible…

Was almost a statistic there on Saturday afternoon- a clueless idiot in a white Commodore was doing warp speed through the intersection going towards Charnwood, he ran the red and I only just caught the white flash out of the corner of my eye..If I didn’t….Goodnight Irene.

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Jethro 7:38 pm
04 Jul 12
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I really do think Canberra drivers are worse than those in other Aussie cities.

My theory is that the lack of traffic and good roads makes people a lot less attentive when driving. If you are driving in Sydney or Brisbane you have to be paying full attention to your surroundings simply because there is so much going on. Driving in Canberra probably lulls a lot of people into auto-pilot.

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A_Cog 9:04 pm
04 Jul 12
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+1 jethro

Canberra drivers are ridiculous. Blind, slow, selfish, stupid. They tailgait all the time, jealously guarding the empty space in front of them. They sit on 50 in a 60 zone, or 80 in a 100 zone. They sit in the inside lane and don’t move to the outside lane. They can’t merge. They react slowly. They are confused by yellow lights. They slow down at construction sites even when the construction has finished and the workers have gone home. They are overly cautious to the point of actually making traffic more dangerous. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve lived in several cities both in Australia and overseas. Perhaps the harshest thing I can say is that Canberra drivers are worse than the diplomatic cars I see. I’m sorry, I know some of you will think that last comment is going a bit too far, but it’s true. You’re all that bad. I feel Mr Gillespie’s pain and frustration.

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Golden-Alpine 9:09 pm
04 Jul 12
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I was amazed yesterday by the number of cars without headlights on in the fog. I am also noticing more and more of drivers tail gating.

I am trying to get into the habit to leave more and more room between me and the car in front, not only to give me more room to stop but also to accomodate those behind me.

Another annoyance, indicate then brake people!

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Spykler 9:17 pm
04 Jul 12
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Jethro…That’s not a theory, that’s a long standing fact.

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Jethro 9:27 pm
04 Jul 12
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Spykler said :

Jethro…That’s not a theory, that’s a long standing fact.

This is where HenryBG will explain to you the scientific meaning of the word theory.

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Spykler 9:49 pm
04 Jul 12
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Can’t wait..

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parle 9:53 pm
04 Jul 12
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A_Cog said :


They slow down at construction sites even when the construction has finished and the workers have gone home…

er no, you don’t exceed the speed on the signs, even when the ‘workers have gone home’.

While a road is under repair it can no longer handle traffic safely at its normal speed so the limit applies full time, please don’t tailgate someone in a roadworks zone to ‘educate’ them otherwise!

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Dork 10:22 pm
04 Jul 12
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I’ve seen this so many times, mostly on Canberra ave heading to Queanbeyan. How do people justify risking someones life to get home 2 minutes earlier. Because that’s what they are doing not letting an ambulance through it could mean the difference between saving someone or not. I had someone try to over take me in the turning lane for the Woden cemetery the other day, but that was more risky for them than me, so I wasn’t too bothered.

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Jethro 10:39 pm
04 Jul 12
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parle said :

A_Cog said :


They slow down at construction sites even when the construction has finished and the workers have gone home…

er no, you don’t exceed the speed on the signs, even when the ‘workers have gone home’.

While a road is under repair it can no longer handle traffic safely at its normal speed so the limit applies full time, please don’t tailgate someone in a roadworks zone to ‘educate’ them otherwise!

It’s funny (or scary.. I’m not sure which)… At most roadworks they leave the reduced speed limit signs up 24 hours a day for this very reason.

Yet on Southern Cross Drive at the Florey Drive intersection where the current roadworks are they cover the reduced speed limit signs up every day and put the place back to regular speed limits.

This despite the fact there was a fatality at these roadworks a few weeks back. Furthermore, the changed road conditions (closed slip lane, reduced visibility caused by roadworks barriers) remain after the workers have gone home. It is a dangerous intersection at the best of times and the presence of closed lanes and sight-obstructing barriers makes it even more so.

If there was ever a roadworks area that needed the reduced speed limit to remain even after the workers have gone home, it’s this one.

Yet other roadworks which don’t seem to have the same hazards in place keep their reduced speed limits 24 hours a day. (I’m thinking places like Parkes Way/William Hovell outbound at the Glenloch Interchange when there were roadworks on the off-ramp to the GDE but not on the main stretch, but the main stretch had reduced speeds 24/7).

It’s almost like there isn’t a proper policy regarding roadworks speed limits.

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PatMan 10:52 pm
04 Jul 12
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Jethro said :

Spykler said :

Jethro…That’s not a theory, that’s a long standing fact.

This is where HenryBG will explain to you the scientific meaning of the word theory.

Wrong…HenryBG is too busy researching every single possible negative aspect about Muslims to waste time with such basic stuff. Now, if Canberra roads were being flooded with Muslims I think we’d see Henry at his articulate best!

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Innovation 11:17 pm
04 Jul 12
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