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Red lights – advisory only?

By Anna Key 24 May 2009 42

For the past few weeks, my journey to work requres me to turn right from Athllon Dve into Mawson Dve. While waiting for the lights, I’m often at the front of the queue and I’m amazed by the number of people that must jump the red to get onto Athllon Dve.  There are often still cars in the intersection when the Athllon lights turn green, and often they have clearly exceeded 60kph approaching the intersection.  I should also mention that this usually takes place around 8.30 when there are also a lot of students crossing Athllon to get to Melrose High. 

On Friday, I saw a few girls nearly get run down by someone deciding that the red light doesn’t apply to them.  I always thought you need to stop on a red, or even an amber, but clearly this doesn’t apply at this intersection.

I wonder if the police decided to patrol the area we would hear a lot of bleating about revenue raising?

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GregW 5:42 pm 25 May 09

And also, I said mostly. I don’t think those who run red lights are blameless and never claimed to.

GregW 5:38 pm 25 May 09

caf said :

GregW: The blame doesn’t lie with arrogant foreign students, pedestrians, or the government. The blame lies squarely with the drivers who drive through red lights.

Well actually, no.

When a students enters the road (not a pedestrian crossing) in front of existing cars it is their fault when they get hit, regardless of what someone does at an intersection down the road.

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