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The corner of Doonkuna and Donaldson Streets

By johnboy 23 January 2009 32

So here’s a question for our resident panel of traffic experts.

What do these funny painted pseudo islands in Braddon actually mean?

There are no signs saying “No Right Turn” and many people continue to turn right at this intersection as the whim takes them.

So is it just a gentle hint? Or is it meant to be a left turn only intersection?

What’s Your opinion?


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madjimmy 10:09 am 26 Jan 09

I spoke to an ex-copper mate of mine and he suggests that it is there to prevent two cars lining up side by side at the intersection. Two cars side by side obscures the view of each of the drivers trying to exit the intersection. And yes he agrees that you would be booked for driving over the unbroken line. A copper could raise a bit of revenue for Stanhope if he kept an eye on this intersection for a few hours.

astrojax 6:28 pm 25 Jan 09

you’re just not supposed to drive over the painted island.

yes, this is the point. you are not permitted to cross any unbroken lane line (like the ones that extend beyond where you merge with some major arterial routes around the city), so you shouldn’t drive upon this painted island. it is indeed intended to make you exercise caution and slow down for this intersection but otherwise remains silent on which way you may proceed therefrom.

monomania 11:18 am 24 Jan 09

Madman said :

monomania said :

Crossing unbroken white lines twice on a long weekend. How many points?

None – only applies to seatbelt and speeding offenses…

Aren’t they adding a point for each other offence? I suppose they could get you for dangerous driving 3 + 1 points.

The road rules say “never cross an unbroken white line at an intersection”.
I was once fined $75 dollars for not having that years rego sticker
and $75 dollars for having an out of date rego sticker.

Madman 10:08 pm 23 Jan 09

monomania said :

Crossing unbroken white lines twice on a long weekend. How many points?

None – only applies to seatbelt and speeding offenses…

youami 10:00 pm 23 Jan 09

Oh and another thing re demerit points, I am pretty sure you are actually permitted to drive over single unbroken white lines, it is only double unbroken that is an offence. Maybe some investigation for some nerd may need to be had.

youami 9:49 pm 23 Jan 09

I think post #9 has it right as there are a number of intersections around Canberra that have the concrete versions (aimed to slow traffic) but still allow for all movements. They are also used for roads that cross the large median roads like Canberra Ave presumably to slow traffic and to try and prevent vehicles from turning up the wrong carriageway. I also agree with Granny in post #7 that markings and signage need to be standard, although I have come to realise that both line markings and signage in Canberra are not standard at all –which is weird given it is the only place pretty much in Australia that has no council bastardisation of state/territory rules.

Anyway, speaking of weird-ass markings, I will try and take a photo, but wtf with the line markings along Athlon Dr between Beasley St and Sulwood Dr. The line style is thick long lines, almost identical to those used in NSW for dividing four-laned roads down the middle but it is used on this stretch of road –and nowhere else used in this way in the ACT– to divide two lanes of traffic same direction? It is also one of the few places in Canberra that separate same direction traffic without the raised white bumps. Canberra planned? Good in theory but not in practice!

MrPC 9:13 pm 23 Jan 09

Bus route 7 drives straight ahead over a set of these near Rugby League Park. I wonder if the demerit points could cost a bus driver his license in a single day or if it could take two days on that route to lose a license…

Felix the Cat 8:25 pm 23 Jan 09

Doctor Evil said :

It is actually part of the governments NO WASTE(on roads,health etc)BY 2010 strategy which requires that all maintenance can now only be done using leftover paint.

Only a matter of time before you see new roads which are just dirt painted black.

Kate started this trend years ago by painting the grass green at Bruce Stadium.

GottaLoveCanberra 7:40 pm 23 Jan 09

I was always under the impression that even if there is no sign if the road is marked then you still have to obey the rules.

Pandy 5:25 pm 23 Jan 09

It is a poor version of a “S lane”. If you drive over it you are knicked.

Doctor Evil 4:31 pm 23 Jan 09

It is actually part of the governments NO WASTE(on roads,health etc)BY 2010 strategy which requires that all maintenance can now only be done using leftover paint.

Only a matter of time before you see new roads which are just dirt painted black.

RuffnReady 4:03 pm 23 Jan 09

ABC129 said :

I thought they were there to act as a visual barrier, but not an actual one. The idea being that people would realise that it was an intersection rather than just rolling through like it was a straight bit of road.
Either way, they’re annoying. They used to have a concrete version of this on the intersection of Dudley st and Cotter Rd until people complained about it and they put in traffic lights.

That makes sense to me because there is no reason that you shouldn’t turn right or go straight ahead at that intersection – you have clear vision both ways and it’s not dangerous in any other sense.

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