2 March 2022

Motorists urged to drive to conditions today as wet rolls in

| Ian Bushnell
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Accident scene on State Circle

The accident scene on State Circle this morning. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

There was a spate of accidents on Canberra’s wet, greasy roads this morning, including a two-vehicle collision on State Circle beneath the Adelaide Avenue overpass.

Police said the accident happened at about 8 am and emergency services extracted a man from one of the vehicles which had rolled on its side in the collision.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There were also accidents reported on Caswell Drive and Black Mountain Peninsula, while Northbourne Avenue and Majura Parkway both experienced heavy traffic and delays.

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Police urged motorists to drive to the conditions and leave extra distance between vehicles as the Bureau of Meteorology forecast heavy rain from the east coast system that has travelled south after deluging south-east Queensland and northern NSW.

The Bureau says the ACT can expect 25 to 45 mm today, while there is a severe weather warning current for the South Coast and Southern and Central Tablelands.

ACT Policing and the ACT Emergency Services Agency are reminding Canberrans to stay safe and be cautious of the hazardous and unpredictable nature of floodwaters and the dangers associated with heavy rainfall.

There is a flood watch on the Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers.

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Capital Retro9:01 am 03 Mar 22

Another dud prediction from the BOM.

The “east coast low” that has just passed to the south is part of Australia’s weather history and very rarely does one pass over the Great Dividing Range to inundate the inland.

They need to reset their computers.

…but we should totally trust them when they predict a 1°C average temperature rise over the next 50 years (even though they can’t accurately predict whether or not it will rain right this afternoon).

Capital Retro5:54 pm 03 Mar 22

Exactly. We could do with at least 2 degree temperature rise now.

In fact, this has been the coolest summer I have experienced in Canberra since I came here 40 years ago. I haven’t turned the air conditioner on once this summer and in fact last night I turned a heater on. Many shrubs and flowers have failed to bloom.

The warmists have been silent. No bushfires either.

There is very little police presence on the roads in Canberra. Everyone knows this so there is no real reason to follow road rules. Especiallly at 5am when I’m on the way to work. Runing red lights, swerving in and out of lanes without indicating whilst speeding is how most people get to work at that time. Nothing will change until there are more visible patrols.

+1

…and even if they do indicate, they are usually indicating the opposite direction to their lane change (leaving the turn signal on from the last turn while they swing wildly out of control into the far lane – I could get an over-dimensioned coach around the corner using less lanes than most Canberra drivers seem to need in their cars)

Finagen_Freeman9:35 pm 02 Mar 22

Muppets. Dry or wet. Our Australian driving standards are low, whilst arrogance levels are high.

“CRASH” not “accident” please! We should not trivialise the culpability of moronic Canberra drivers in taking out fellow motorists.

Canberrans were driving to the conditions Constable…they speed up, tailgated, cut in front of each other without indicators (an option for Canberra driving), drove their work 4wds like an out of control tank….wait ..that was coming home from the rugby along Tuggeranong Parkway in the ‘driving’ rain on Saturday afternoon. And repeat for going to work this morning and every other time they drive in the rain. My advice, stay off the roads until this wet weather stops.

Oh that is so true. I lived in Canberra for over 20 years and every single time it rained, ACT drivers would speed up and do all manner of dangerous driving. 4WDs think they are indestructible of course. Nothing changes, does it?

You forgot the part about stopping for a red light being purely optional.

Earthdog, hit nail on head. Some Canberrans have great delight in trying to see what you have on the rear parcel shelf of your motor vehicle. Tailgating particularly in those large dual cab Utes and SUV tanks is out of control. You are also correct because the wetter the weather the faster they drive.

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