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Speed Limits and Roadworks

By glennmatthew 10 June 2010 52

With so many major roadworks still happening in the Territory, I wanted to bring up the topic of speed limits.

I had the pleasure of driving 40km/h along the Barry Dr roadworks, to have cars fly past me doing 60+. I checked, and sure enough everyone except for myself committed an offense worth at least 3 points and a few hundred dollars. This seems to happen at every set of roadworks I’ve travelled through in Canberra, especially GDE during non-peak hours.

So what’s the point? And why do I feel as though I’m creating a traffic hazard, because I get tail-gated and abused, when everyone else is committing an offense? (By rights, a P-plater doing 70 in these zones should have their licence suspended for 3 months.)

I support and agree with the protection of our workers, by sticking to the 40km/h limits through their workplace. Would it be feasible to revert these sections to something “more reasonable” during non-work hours, such as 50 or 60km/h?

What does everyone else think of this issue?


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buzz819 9:26 am 22 Jun 10

Very Busy said :

lrende01 said :

….and you’ve forgotten the most important rule of all; if there is a bus ahead of you, you MUST get infront of it at all cost, even if the bus is keeping up with the traffic. If the bus is in the left lane and you need to turn left you MUST get past it, cut it off to get youself back in the left lane, and then slam your brakes on to make your left turn. This is most important because you would never get back the half of a second that you’ve saved.

Umm that’s what a lot of buses do to us?

bilby 10:19 pm 21 Jun 10

It pisses me off when I get idiot Canberra drivers tailgating me when I’m doing 40 in a roadworks zone. Equally pisses me off when I get to the end of the roadworks and there is no sign letting me know that I can now do the normal limit. Case in point, try driving south on Kent St Deakin past the new office complex, no signs indicating the end of roadworks or the normal limit. I do the right thing by these workers, the least they can do is put a little effort into making sure the signs are right.

BrassRazoo 12:58 pm 21 Jun 10

Agree with Gerry and Woody, but it’s no consolation being dead right if you finish up with a bum full of Kenworth while doing the right thing and keeping to the posted limit (which is what I’ve managed to do in my 40 years of driving without a traffic offence). What’s required IMO is a bit more oversight to help ensure that signage is appropriate in the first place and then policing to enforce.

Should also note that it is not just an ACT problem – recall a trip from Canberra to Central Coast and back last year encountering roadworks everywhere including a good part of F3 down to the Hawkesbury River with signage at 60 or 80, but absolutely no enforcement (and all sorts of traffic incl B doubles hurtling past and boring up behind at and over the usual 110 limit), only to encounter a police radar at roadworks on a secondary street in my Canberra suburb a minute away from home.

Genie 10:46 am 21 Jun 10

glennmatthew said :

Did anyone notice that most of Barry Dr is now at 60km/h for the section of roadworks that are almost complete. Yay.

Random off topic Q.

Is the bus lane going to be a transit lane too ? T2 or whatever they call it

Gerry-Built 7:41 am 21 Jun 10

Roadworks signs and altered speed limits are also there because the road conditions have changed, not just for the additional safety of the workers for the 6-8 hours they are present on site. By all means remain immature and speed ‘after hours’ and use whatever foolhardy excuse you like – but don’t be surprised when you come up tailgating behind a driver like me and receive the ‘foot off the accelerator’ response (highly recommended), which will simply get worse for you the closer you get…

+1 to WMC’s (as-usual well-formed argument)

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

3. Whether or not other people get caught shouldn’t have any bearing on whether you continue to do the right thing or not. Don’t let the f*ckers drag you down to their level.

BrassRazoo 7:56 pm 20 Jun 10

Tailgated by an angry big truck in the 40 zone under the overhead bridgeworks on Yamba Drive at Mawson/ O’Malley.

The signs on Yamba Drive southbound between Justinian and Kitchener Streets (associated with the work well down the road at TCH) have been causing problems for months during and after work hours, but it appears that it has only been in the last few weeks that they have actually been required to facilitate safe (and presumably very occasional) access to the hospital site via the driveway under construction near the corner of Kitchener.

Amazed that signage is up to the contractors to decide and there is apparently no regular oversight by TAMS or whoever is responsible for road safety. Wait until someone gets badly hurt or killed and the Territory is sued.

glennmatthew 11:08 pm 18 Jun 10

Did anyone notice that most of Barry Dr is now at 60km/h for the section of roadworks that are almost complete. Yay.

georgesgenitals 9:46 am 17 Jun 10

Jim Jones said :

shelby64 said :

just have to laugh………… all you bagging canberra drivers are in fact also canberra drivers lol….. end of story, from a fellow canberra driver/rider..(motorised, no pedal)

That’s pretty crappy logic – expressed in semi-literate form no less.

I’m also not a Canberran, but rather a New South Welshman (and didn’t we show those ball-dropping Queenslanders what for…).

Jim Jones 8:50 am 17 Jun 10

shelby64 said :

just have to laugh………… all you bagging canberra drivers are in fact also canberra drivers lol….. end of story, from a fellow canberra driver/rider..(motorised, no pedal)

That’s pretty crappy logic – expressed in semi-literate form no less.

shelby64 9:30 pm 16 Jun 10

just have to laugh………… all you bagging canberra drivers are in fact also canberra drivers lol….. end of story, from a fellow canberra driver/rider..(motorised, no pedal)

astrojax 10:01 am 12 Jun 10

it’s astounding that there are so many posts decrying the lower speed limits for small portions of their commute – it may add a whole other minute to your commute time; like, that’s going to kill you? as for ‘out of work hours’ limits, as has been noted above, there are often changes to the road surfaces and lane structure associated with these works and, ffs, just suck it up and follow the signs.

everyone just relax, everyone conform to and comply with the road regulations (especially ‘stop’ signs, which, you know, mean you have to bring your vehicle to an actual stop…) and we can all get along. wouldn’t that be nice?

georgesgenitals 7:49 pm 11 Jun 10

edlang said :

wrt the Barry Dr roadworks, the lanes are narrow enough that I feel uncomfortable driving entirely adjacent to another car.

Why? Can’t you drive within your lane? Or is it more that you’re worried the car next to you can’t stay in theirs?

Just curious.

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