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Poor driving on Bungendore Rd

By Sgt.Bungers 11 May 2009 27

Heading home this evening I witnessed a display of horrendous driving typical of too many Canberran drivers on country roads.  The person was a caucasian male with a grayish beard driving a late 90’s model Mazda.

At about 5pm, driving away from Bungendore, up Smiths Gap, I caught up to a slow moving medium rigid truck struggling up the hill.  One other vehicle behind me.  The driver of the Mazda caught up to the vehicle behind me, and immediately overtook that vehicle and myself, despite a blind corner coming up.  Fortunately no traffic came around the corner during this maneuver.

The driver then maintained a following distance of 1-2 metres behind the truck moving at 10-20km/h, at one point coming extremely close to running up the back of the truck when the truck slowed further whilst the driver changed down another gear.

After we rounded the corner, the driver of the Mazda overtook the truck, on double solid lines, with oncoming traffic approx 200 metres away… all when there was an overtaking lane 100 metres up the road.

I passed the truck, got to the top of the hill, and spotted the mazda less than a kilometre in the distance before I turned off.

This person was prepared to risk his life, his passengers life, my life, the lives of the people in the car behind me, the life of the truck driver and her passenger, the life of any driver that may have come around the blind corner during the first overtaking maneuver, and the lives of the people in the two oncoming vehicles in his second reckless overtaking maneuver, all so that he could gain a few hundred metres.  Willing to risk killing or injuring up to 10 people, so he could save up to 30 seconds on his trip home.  All of which will have been lost at the first set of traffic lights encountered in Canberra.

Why? There cannot be any valid excuse for being so selfish, and so negligent in any situation… the fact that he had so little to gain from his actions… his thought process is simply incomprehensible.

It is people like this that need to be removed from the road until they get their road safety priorities sorted.  Yet with road safety enforcement being increasingly based on speed cameras, drivers like this are less and less likely to get their comeuppance… at least not until an innocent family is killed.

The most annoying thing… it’s almost certain this driver hasn’t thought twice about his actions, and would be of the opinion that he’s a safe driver who did nothing wrong.


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Posh 10:09 am 12 May 09

Primal: I saw an unmarked police ute on Adelaide Ave the other week… they are getting sneakier!

Yeah, I saw a policeman parking a silver ute – in the disabled carpark by the way – at the back of the labor club, belconnen the other day at lunch time.

To be fair, not waiting a few hundred metres for an overtaking lane is pretty poor form.

I remember one trip down the coast road, however, where there was hepas of traffic, and so everyone seemed to just decide not to worry, and we all cruised along at 85-90km/h until the mountain. Used bugger all fuel, too. I guess sometimes you just get a good run.

ant 11:04 pm 11 May 09

Sgt.Bungers said :

CK: I’m by no means saying that all Canberran drivers are bad. However, living near Bungendore and having to deal with coast traffic every weekend, I can assure you, 90% of the time I witness an insane maneuvre, or general poor driving worth noting, the vehicle is bearing Canberran number plates.

The majority of the time, it is just tailgating.

I can see the lights of cars going along the King’s Hwy from here (and also teh Captain’s Flat Rd), and you often see bunches of them going along at hwy speeds, practically nose to tail. Way too close if they’re doing 100 or thereabouts.

I cannot fathom why they do it, but so many do.

Sgt.Bungers 8:03 pm 11 May 09

Pesty, you’re right, however the overtaking lane starts half way up the hill. This all happened 300-100 metres before the overtaking lane.

astrojax 7:36 pm 11 May 09

from sgt b’s post, it does seem that it is indeed a ‘duel’ lane… ; )

Pesty 5:15 pm 11 May 09

I thought that the road up Smiths gap was duel lane? If the truck was going that slow why didn’t you all overtake it?

p1 3:23 pm 11 May 09

CK: I’m by no means saying that all Canberran drivers are bad. However, living near Bungendore and having to deal with coast traffic every weekend, I can assure you, 90% of the time I witness an insane maneuvre, or general poor driving worth noting, the vehicle is bearing Canberran number plates.

Who wants to bet that 90% of cars on that road have Canberra plates?

As someone said earlier, people that drive primarily in the city tend to be worse on country roads. Add to that people who are just bad at driving (most of them think they are good), plus people who are actually pretty good, but you just happen to see them make their one stupid move of the year and all of a sudden you realise that the roads are covered in morons.

This is not Canberra specific in the slightest. While there are some things Canberristanis do a lot (right lane…) it is a Australia World wide problem.

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