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Police name ACT’s worst intersections ahead of blitz on traffic controls

By Charlotte Harper - 9 May 2016 23

Susan Ball

ACT Policing will focus its road safety efforts in May on the territory’s worst intersections for collisions and has released a top ten list to assist drivers in preventing such accidents in future.

More than half of all collisions on ACT roads occur at intersections, according to ACT Policing, with many drivers disregarding traffic controls such as stop and give way signs.

The following intersections rank as the top 10 worst for collisions:

• BARTON HWY/WILLIAM SLIM DR/GUNDAROO DR
• ANZAC PDE/PARKES WAY
• CORANDERRK ST/PARKES WAY
• CANBERRA AVE/STURT AVE/WENTWORTH AVE
• HINDMARSH DR/TUGGERANONG PKWY EAST
• ATHLLON DR/DRAKEFORD DR/ISABELLA DR
• BARRY DR/COOYONG ST/NORTHBOURNE AVE
• CANBERRA AVE/HINDMARSH DR/NEWCASTLE ST
• HINDMARSH DR/YAMBA DR
• ASHLEY DR/ISABELLA DR

The Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Susan Ball, said ACT Policing’s focus on traffic controls during the month of May was aimed at not only providing a safer environment for road users but also educating ACT drivers on the risks involved in ignoring traffic controls.

“Time and time again we see collisions caused by the failure of drivers to obey these controls,” she said.

“Ignoring stop or give-way signs, or accelerating through a yellow light can have disastrous consequences”.

“ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations have already issued almost 1000 infringement notices for traffic control offences in 2016, this represents 1000 times that innocent ACT road users have been put at unnecessary risk,” she said.

Fines for traffic control offences can be up to $360 and three demerit points.

Above, Station Sergeant Susan Ball. Photo: Charlotte Harper

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tim_c 8:57 am 24 May 17

Queanbeyanite said :

When hurtling at full speed through a roundabout with six other cars tailgating you, one day something has to give!
If you venture out to Queanbeyan during the peak half hour, you’ll find something very interesting happening: Local Queanbeyan drivers don’t intimidate other road users by speeding through roundabouts. Many local drivers actually slow right down and crawl through, allowing other drivers to enter the roundabout with the whole team ‘zippering’ around getting through safe and sound. We tend to have more hard working tradies and trucks which are understandably slow to accelerate who really appreciate those considerate drivers who slow right down before they even get to the roundabout to let them get up steam. I’ve certainly seen this behaviour catching on.
Of course this means you’ll take that sip of beer a second or two later than in Canberra but over here you have to stop and chat with so many people between the car park and the pub anyway, you hardly notice it. Give it a go, you’ll get tooted a lot, but you won’t have as many prangs.

I find it comically ironic that a “Queanbeyanite” is providing advice on using round-abouts! While you’re at it, could you be so kind as to tell me what the outer lane is for? No one in Queanbeyan seems to use the outer lane (when proceeding straight ahead ie. taking the second exit), opting instead to share the inside lane with other vehicles, irrespective of which lane they were in prior to entering the round-about. If you enter from the left lane and actually bother to stay in the outer lane, people will generally pull out in front of you because they assume that if you’re using the outer lane you must be turning left (ie. taking the first exit), because anyone going straight ahead (ie. second exit) would be using the inside lane, even if they had entered the round-about from the left lane.

thelonius 12:28 pm 19 May 17

“Blitz” – translation being: “We’ve received a few complaints from important people, so we have to be seen to be doing something in response. But we’re so under-funded and under-resourced we can’t sustain enforcement on a continuous basis (which would actually change driver behaviour on a sustainable basis). So we’ll crack down for a week. But we have to make it clear to everyone that we’re also going to crack down on pedestrians and cyclists, who don’t create any danger or risk whatsoever, because if we don’t, we’ll be flooded by complaints from drivers screaming ‘And what about those dangerous cyclists riding on the road when they don’t pay road tax, hey?’.”

Queanbeyanite 5:18 pm 15 May 17

When hurtling at full speed through a roundabout with six other cars tailgating you, one day something has to give!
If you venture out to Queanbeyan during the peak half hour, you’ll find something very interesting happening: Local Queanbeyan drivers don’t intimidate other road users by speeding through roundabouts. Many local drivers actually slow right down and crawl through, allowing other drivers to enter the roundabout with the whole team ‘zippering’ around getting through safe and sound. We tend to have more hard working tradies and trucks which are understandably slow to accelerate who really appreciate those considerate drivers who slow right down before they even get to the roundabout to let them get up steam. I’ve certainly seen this behaviour catching on.
Of course this means you’ll take that sip of beer a second or two later than in Canberra but over here you have to stop and chat with so many people between the car park and the pub anyway, you hardly notice it. Give it a go, you’ll get tooted a lot, but you won’t have as many prangs.

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