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Kings Highway gets seasonal focus

By johnboy - 21 December 2011 24

ACT Policing is joining forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads this holiday season, the second in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.

One regional focus for police this holiday season is the Kings Highway, as people from Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding region generally head to the South Coast. With this increase in traffic volume, police will be active in their patrolling to ensure motorists are driving to the conditions and keeping to the posted speed limit.

The efforts by ACT Policing and the Monaro Command will mirror those of police throughout Australia in a national road safety campaign against dangerous driving coordinated by the national police agency, ANZPAA (Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency).

ACT Deputy Chief Police Officer David McLean said that the fundamental tenet of the campaign is that all road trauma is unacceptable, and that anyone who uses the road, whether a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian, has a responsibility in practising safe behaviour.

“Many deaths and road injuries are preventable. Each life saved and serious injury avoided reduces pain and suffering, and achieves important economic savings,” Commander McLean said.

“We want all road users and motorists in particular to modify and moderate their behaviour so that everyone travels safely this Christmas. To reinforce this message, police will be active with our enforcement to target risk-taking behaviour such as speeding and drink-driving.

“This time with Operation Crossroads, the theme is dangerous driving. Human beings are fallible and crashes will occur. However the extent of injury (or deaths) sustained can be reduced when we accept, comply and share the responsibility for using our roads safely,” said Commander McLean.

The widespread use of random breath testing and roadside drug-testing, as well as laser detection of speeding drivers, and close attention to unsafe or inattentive driving will form part of ACT Policing’s road safety strategy during Operation Crossroads.

The first Operations Crossroads was launched during Easter this year, when police rolled up their sleeves and donated their blood to raise awareness of road trauma and injuries. Across Australia over the Easter break, there were 20 road-related fatalities recorded, with zero in the Northern Territory and the ACT.

Deputy Chief Police Officer, David McLean said he hoped to see the same result for the ACT this Christmas holiday.

“We have had six people die on our roads this year. As far as I am concerned, that is six too many,” he said.

Operation Crossroads begins on Friday, December 23 and will continue until Tuesday, January 3.

Double demerits are effective from the first instance on Friday, December 23, 2011 until midnight Monday, January 2, 2012.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Kings Highway gets seasonal focus
jcitizen 7:24 pm 26 Dec 11

Classified said :

Jethro said :

Mumbucks said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

+1

Sure, if it’s a single vehicle accident.

This accident involved a car crossing into oncoming traffic. There’s not too much ‘personal responsibility’ you can take if you are doing the right thing and someone crosses into your lane and ploughs into you head-on.

Sure you can. You can see it happening, and you can drive your car out of the way, even if that means leaving the road. You can also brake hard to reduce the closing speed (and potential impact force). To simply stay in your lane, at your speed while someone closes in on you from the wrong direction, is absolutely ridiculous. Even if the person is coming over the crest of a hill at you, there is almost always time to react.

You may still be involved in an accident, the driver still still has responsibility to do all they can to avoid and/or minimise the accident.

Classified 1:34 pm 26 Dec 11

Jethro said :

Mumbucks said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

+1

Sure, if it’s a single vehicle accident.

This accident involved a car crossing into oncoming traffic. There’s not too much ‘personal responsibility’ you can take if you are doing the right thing and someone crosses into your lane and ploughs into you head-on.

Sure you can. You can see it happening, and you can drive your car out of the way, even if that means leaving the road. You can also brake hard to reduce the closing speed (and potential impact force). To simply stay in your lane, at your speed while someone closes in on you from the wrong direction, is absolutely ridiculous. Even if the person is coming over the crest of a hill at you, there is almost always time to react.

You may still be involved in an accident, the driver still still has responsibility to do all they can to avoid and/or minimise the accident.

Jethro 8:02 am 26 Dec 11

Mumbucks said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

+1

Sure, if it’s a single vehicle accident.

This accident involved a car crossing into oncoming traffic. There’s not too much ‘personal responsibility’ you can take if you are doing the right thing and someone crosses into your lane and ploughs into you head-on.

Mumbucks 12:12 am 26 Dec 11

Classified said :

Tooks said :

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

+1

EvanJames 9:16 am 25 Dec 11

Classified said :

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

+1

Oh it was the road, it was the police, the car didn’t work properly…

That intersection with Mayfield Road is wide, modern, well-marked… there is nothing wrong with the King’s Highway, unless you intend to drive like a lunatic and feel thwarted by the other traffic.

Classified 7:31 am 25 Dec 11

Tooks said :

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

Heaven forbid people actually take some personal responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel…

Tooks 5:26 pm 24 Dec 11

bd84 said :

Hasn’t been effective so far, already a head on collision .. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/headon-collision-on-kings-highway/2403414.aspx

What, you mean they didn’t cover every single metre of the highway? Maybe next year…

bd84 2:09 pm 24 Dec 11
54-11 12:18 pm 22 Dec 11

bitzermaloney said :

That’s all fine as long as they… enforce slow vehicles (eg. those who insist on doing 70 or 80 in a 100 zone) to allow faster vehicle past in overtaking lanes and permitted sections of the highway

Agreed. One wonders what, if anything, is going through the minds of some drivers

Chop71 10:35 am 22 Dec 11

steveu said :

drill a tunnel through the cylde, charge a toll. Would pay for itself very quickly. May even make thing safer for drivers too. Shove some speed cameras around there if you want to recoup the expense faster.

http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=Aax_zyDG61w

Get ya hand off it ……

steveu 9:58 am 22 Dec 11

drill a tunnel through the cylde, charge a toll. Would pay for itself very quickly. May even make thing safer for drivers too. Shove some speed cameras around there if you want to recoup the expense faster.

Classified 7:16 pm 21 Dec 11

Remember the golden rule of the Kings Highway: if you are towing a boat with a 4WD, overtake everything in sight ASAP, because it’s the responsibility of the poor bastard you’re trying to pass to let you in when you can see the whites of eyes of the guy coming towards you.

goggles13 5:52 pm 21 Dec 11

I’ll just avoid the Kings Highway if I am going to coast on the holiday period, not worth the stress of dealing with selfish and idiot drivers.

harvyk1 4:24 pm 21 Dec 11

Could I also please put in a request to the police, if there are bottle necks (eg the round-a-bout connecting Kings Hwy to the Princes Hwy) they proactively do something about it (eg direct traffic), unlike last year which took nearly 2 hours to drive from Nelligen to Bateman’s Bay (normally a 5 to 10 minute drive).

bitzermaloney 3:15 pm 21 Dec 11

That’s all fine as long as they also:
1. enforce slow vehicles (eg. those who insist on doing 70 or 80 in a 100 zone) to allow faster vehicle past in overtaking lanes and permitted sections of the highway; and
2. make the yobs towing boats drive in a sensible manner. (I’ve seen many a boat go flying past just before the Clyde doing 140 only to the be stuck behind it all the way to BB doing 20 – 40 because the moronic driver forgot that he’s towing an extra 2 – 5 tonne.)

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