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Stupid Canberra Drivers 1000001

By JC 28 April 2011 27

3-4 weeks ago the intersection of Ginninderra Drive and Kingsford Smith Drive was resurfaced and had the lanes and traffic signals adjusted. Previously in each direction there were 2 straight through lanes and one turn lane, with each straight and turn direction operating independently on the lights. Now heading towards the city (east bound) on Ginninderra drive the left lane is straight through, the middle lane is straight AND now right turn and the right lane is right turn only, clearly meaning 2 lanes of traffic can now turn right. The lights were also adjusted to match meaning that heading towards the city the straight and turn operate together, same too with the west bound direction, however no changes were made to lanes or lights on the Kingsford Smith Drive direction.

Now since this has been done I have personally observed 1 accident where a car has turned from the right lane and then come straight across onto a car that was turning right from the middle lane. Judging by the glass in the intersection I have no doubt there have been a few similar accidents. I have also seen 2 near misses where cars on the right have come across only to find a car (legally) turning on their left and just this afternoon was on the receiving end of a long blast of a horn and a dick head hand gesture whilst turning right from the middle lane when a car wanted to turn right then get straight into the left hand lane where I was.

Now I must ask are people really that stupid that they cannot see that the road layout has changed? I mean to say on the approach to the intersection the directions one can go from each lane is very clearly marked, thanks to the new road surface. Likewise the turn lanes are also very clearly marked with dashes funneling the right lane into the right lane of Kingsford Smith and the middle lane into the left hand lane of Kingsford Smith. Besides when turning right you should never actually go to the left hand lane anyway, so why the accidents, near misses and stupidity of drivers with this change?

Overall I think it is a good change. Of late east bound traffic wanting to turn right at this intersection has been blocking through traffic on Ginninderra Drive in the AM peak, so this solves this. Only odd thing is I don’t understand why going the other way they have not allowed the turn right from the middle lane towards Mt Rogers. Whilst I never saw traffic in the PM peak block Ginninderra Drive, having two turn lanes would be much better and would, now the lights have been reconfigured be as simple as some new lane marking to implement.

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EvanJames 10:38 am 04 May 11

Thumper said :

To the blonde bint in the whiter lancer YBO-034 who threw a cigarette butt out of the window at the lights on Northbourne and Mouat,

When you see someone do that, give them a blast of the horn. YES I BLOODY SAW YOU, YOU PIG! You never know, it might make them think twice next time.

Lillypilly 10:35 am 04 May 11

ConanOfCooma said :

Canberra drivers, really. Consider yourself lucky it’s not QLD!

THIS.

54-11 10:14 am 04 May 11

Thumper said :

To the blonde bint in the whiter lancer YBO-034 who threw a cigarette butt out of the window at the lights on Northbourne and Mouat, I hope your car gets stolen and torched. It’s idiots like you that burn down forests and suburbs in summer.

And bloody frightening when the stupid morons do it in front of you when on you’re on a motor bike. Just need one of those butts under the skid-lid…

Ledanta 9:59 am 04 May 11

It is also a very good idea to behave yourself behind the wheel when you are driving a car that advertises your business.

I can guarantee that I will never use – nor recommend – “Dont Panic Plumbing Service” ! Obviously doing well for himself and doesn’t need any extra business !

Thumper 8:37 am 04 May 11

To the blonde bint in the whiter lancer YBO-034 who threw a cigarette butt out of the window at the lights on Northbourne and Mouat, I hope your car gets stolen and torched. It’s idiots like you that burn down forests and suburbs in summer.

EvanJames 10:13 am 29 Apr 11

madamcholet said :

And don’t you just love the way that all these people who speed, tailgate etc, always make sure they use their indicator! I mean, what’s the point if they don’t adhere to most of the road rules anyway – what makes them deem it necessary to indicate as they speed past you after tailgating you for miles?

Bingo, I have noticed the exact same thing. Tailgaters indicate like their life depends on it. I’ve mused upon this for some years, and have come to the conclusion that it’s a sense of self-righteousness.

They tailgate in the belief that they are more important than the person they’re tailgating. The person is in their way. The person isn’t as good a driverer as them, because they can’t press their accelorator as competently.

And they believe that indicating is the mark of a very good driverer, so they do lots of it. And they all do, every bloody one of them. It’s amazing.

Lefty 9:23 am 29 Apr 11

Sleaz274 said :

Can we just start a permanent thread entitled…

“Canberra drivers are rubbish – have your rant and move on”

I’m a bit over 100+ comments every week when someone else witnesses someone else do something they think maybe they shouldn’t have and the whole motoring world is collapsing into chaos and everyone is tarred as pathetic morons.

It’s all a little tedious. Go read a book about complex systems and their tendency to break, review your anecdotal evidence of driving where 99.99% of the time nothing happens, have a cup of cement then come make a comment.

+1 🙂

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