A while ago my wife and I each had a near miss head on accident with the same car while travelling on the Monaro Highway.
We were in saparate cars travelling to Royalla, the traffic was light & we were not in a hurry. My wife was a minute ahead & out of sight. As I left the 80 zone at the bottom of the hill I popped into the middle lane to pass a car near the old Tuggeranong Lookout, the next corner is a blind left hander. I thought to myself “I might head back to the left lane now” as I dont like negotiating that bit of road in the middle lane as there is nowhere to go if something happens.
I had no sooner turned off my indicator when a blue Commodore station wagon came around the corner on the wrong side of the road (heading down the hill) in the middle lane (the overtaking lane for the southbound traffic). If I had stayed there I would have certainly had a head on accident with this bloke. I managed to get a flash of the lights away & the last I saw of him he indicated & moved left again.
When I arrived at Royalla I asked my wife if she saw him & she had to actually take evasive action to miss him, she was passing a horse float at the time & nearly hit it to avoid numnuts the Commodore.
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Anyway, I have seen this behavoir on this stretch of road before, we follwed a semi trailer northbound doing the same thing on the same corner one day while passing a slower vehicle.
My concern is that the line marking is confusing. Drivers heading south have free reign of the over taking lanes, its there for them to overtake the slower traffic on the long hill. The northbound traffic has a mix if broken & unbroken lines & are able to pass when clear. This to me is the issue as many city drivers are not taught the rules on passing nor do they get to practice the skill on country roads. People who are heading north seem to misunderstand the fact that they have to give way to the traffic heading up the hill before passing.
I think the northbound lanes should be marked with unbroken lines all the way down the hill with ripple strips to warn people that they cannot pass. From memory, most of the overtaking lane from there to Cooma that has a corner or a blind spot is such as this one marked this way (without the ripple strips).
Sgt Bungers, are you able to look into this as part of your work?