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Roadworks, slow down!

By JC - 27 June 2012 34

Not sure what it is about the roadworks on Barry Drive that makes people think it is ok to speed through at what ever speed they like. Every word day afternoon I drive through there and hardly anyone slows down at either of the two areas the limit is reduced Belconnen bound. At least at other roadworks most people at least try to make an effort but on this one it is probably about 5% try. Buses in particular scare the bejesus out of me as they roar past in their own lane at about 70km/h just so they can get ahead of other traffic up over Black Mountain.

Today I slowed down to the 40km/h speed limit, just as I was approaching the big white sign with 40 written in black with a big red circle around it and nearly had a Ford Territory run up my arse. To add insult to injury the stupid women then had the hide to give me a blast of the horn and make a what the hell are you doing hand gesture at me. I think she got the message as I wound down the window and pointed at the 3rd 40km/h sign we had passed. She then happily sat a safe distance off my rear all the way until Catchpole Street.

So Canberra drivers slow the hell down at roadworks. Yes I agree with you that many of the roadworks limits are stupidly low or should return to normal when the workers leave. Take for example the 60km/h on the Barton Highway/Kurringa Drive intersection despite the road being finished some time ago and few if any workers around, but the bottom line is if the sign says to reduce speed it is the L A W law, so don’t abuse others for doing the right thing, and pray to god you don’t kill or injure a work person in your rush to (possibly) save 15 seconds on the run home.

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34 Responses to
Roadworks, slow down!
johnboy 3:30 pm 27 Jun 12

I love a man who can drop the F-bomb in the middle of a demand for courtesy to be extended to him.

Mr Gillespie 3:27 pm 27 Jun 12

Then get out of my f***en way, EvanJames. It’s called COURTESY.

EvanJames 2:56 pm 27 Jun 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Maybe the Ford Territory was in a hurry (even at 70 in an 80 zone??) and you were getting in his way God dammit!!!, and from what I understand a MAIN ROAD such as Belconnen Way “normally” has an 80km/h speed limit. I am sick and tired of being told to slow down for roadworks

Stop tailgating, Mr Gillespie.

Zan 2:27 pm 27 Jun 12

Yes, for a supposedly highly intelligent town I find that some are really quite stupid.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:14 pm 27 Jun 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Maybe the Ford Territory was in a hurry (even at 70 in an 80 zone??) and you were getting in his way God dammit!!!, and from what I understand a MAIN ROAD such as Belconnen Way “normally” has an 80km/h speed limit. I am sick and tired of being told to slow down for roadworks, if it “scares the bejesus out of you”, then try not standing so close to the traffic!!! and take a chill pill and remember how many roadworkers have been killed at worksites (ie. NONE).

you can try harder than that, son. at least do not be so obvious in your attempted trolls.

Mr Gillespie 2:07 pm 27 Jun 12

Maybe the Ford Territory was in a hurry (even at 70 in an 80 zone??) and you were getting in his way God dammit!!!, and from what I understand a MAIN ROAD such as Belconnen Way “normally” has an 80km/h speed limit. I am sick and tired of being told to slow down for roadworks, if it “scares the bejesus out of you”, then try not standing so close to the traffic!!! and take a chill pill and remember how many roadworkers have been killed at worksites (ie. NONE).

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:50 pm 27 Jun 12

As silly as some of the driving is around Canberra, I’m starting to think people here get too excited about playing cop.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:30 pm 27 Jun 12

Yeah im on the road all day and this constantly happens. If people tailgate i just keep on going slower and slower. Funny thing is most of the time the people riding my ass are in flash cars while im in a bit of a beat up work ute with a flat tray at the end. not really gonna bother me if you run into it, however your territory bumper may cost a bit to replace.

NoImRight 12:27 pm 27 Jun 12

With no particular roadworks in mind….the speed limit is often reduced even when ” no workmen are about” because whatever work is being done may result in changed road conditions or other hazards (equipment,big holes,gravel etc). The speed limit isnt just to protect workers its to protect the driver too.

Part of the issue with traffic though is a sense of waiting your turn etc. Thats why when someone belts up the side and wants to push in we get possibly a little too agitated. And maybe fair enough I know I do sometimes too. πŸ™‚

Keijidosha 11:50 am 27 Jun 12

There is an equally awkward situation with the Marcus Clarke Street roadworks. Heading north, the intersection with Alinga Street is clearly marked: Left lane proceed straight, right lane must turn right (into Alinga). Clearly this arrangement doesn’t fit into some people’s traffic queue-jumping plan, because every afternoon there are idiots rushing up in the right-hand lane, darting through the intersection and muscling back into traffic on the other side.

I had one person try this caper on as I was patiently making my way through the left-hand lane. My failure to yield to their illegal (and dangerous) manouver resulted in the black suit behind the wheel blasting on his horn and gesticulating furiously. With any luck he later suffered a brain aneurysm.

bd84 10:24 am 27 Jun 12

The roadworks nearer Marcus Clarke are 60kph during peak hour as they cover the signs, there’s also a rogue 60kph sign in the middle of them. The signs at Clunies Ross st should also really be covered up when there are no workers on site as the traffic conditions have not changed, all 3 lanes are open each way. People speeding is a consequence of drivers getting annoyed by the contractors not following guidelines..

G-Fresh 10:24 am 27 Jun 12

Solidarity said :

EAD, C.

+1

So Canberra drivers slow the hell down at roadworks.

…….no.

gentoopenguin 10:14 am 27 Jun 12

+1

I sit right on the speed limit (work site or permanant) and, despite always driving in the left lane, am continually tailgated by angry drivers who could easily overtake if desired. When this happens, I just look ahead and ignore my rear view mirror until they overtake in disgust or (rarely) drop back. I won’t be bullied into breaking the law, sorry. It’s my dream that one day one of these drivers will rev off and be promptly caught by a speed trap.

Solidarity 9:53 am 27 Jun 12

EAD, C.

blueterrestra 9:39 am 27 Jun 12

+1.

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