Police will this month crack down on driver behaviour at intersections which is the cause of around half of the collisions on Canberra’s roads.
Drivers failing to stop at stop signs and red lights will be under the police spotlight with the problem intersections to be targeted to include the two roundabouts where Parkes Way intersects with Anzac Parade and Coranderrk Street.
Police say other locations they will specifically target include the Athllon Drive/Drakeford Drive/Isabella Drive intersection, the Barry Drive/Cooyong Street/Northbourne Avenue intersection and the Barton Highway/William Slim/Gundaroo Drive intersection (which still has problems even though traffic lights were installed in April last year).
So far this year (January-September), ACT Policing has issued 959 traffic infringement notices and 688 cautions to people breaking road rules around intersections.
The three most common intersection-related reasons for motorists receiving infringement notices this year are for not stopping at a stop sign (161 notices), disobeying a no right turn sign (148) and not stopping at a red light (134).
ACT Traffic Operations Officer in Charge, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills, said Canberrans need to take extra care around intersections and pay more attention to the road rules.
“With one in two collisions occurring around intersections in the ACT we all need to slow down, be patient, be considerate of other road users but most importantly obey the road rules,” said Acting Station Sergeant Wills.
“When travelling through an intersection it may be common sense to follow the road rules but the number of collisions shows there are too many drivers who still just don’t get it.”
“Everybody has seen other road users pushing the boundaries or breaking the road rules around intersections,” he said.
“There is no excuse for driving in this manner and it is exactly this type of road user we will be targeting during October.”
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