24 September 2018

Tuggeranong Parkway brought to a standstill after collisions on Saturday night

| Lachlan Roberts
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Stills from Breaking247 video, by George Tsotsos.

Traffic on the Tuggeranong Parkway was reduced to a crawl after a two-vehicle collision on Saturday night (22 September).

Around 6:30 pm, emergency services attended the scene of an accident on the Tuggeranong Parkway near the turnoff towards Cotter Road.

While at the scene, another collision occurred when two cars rear-ended each other, causing further delay to traffic.

An ACT Policing spokesperson reminded motorists to pay attention to the road and slow down near accidents.

“Motorists are reminded of the law introduced this year requiring them to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency service vehicles that are stopped with lights activated,” the spokesperson said.

“Additionally, drivers are reminded that distractions such as incidents and roadworks can increase the risk of a collision. Pay attention to the road ahead and concentrate on the important task of driving.”

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The 2nd prang was caused by the 40km/h rule

Blen_Carmichael4:44 pm 25 Sep 18

Next time you’re about to pass a prang, can I suggest you play a little game that is both amusing and increases safety?

Just before you pass, keep your eye focussed on the driver’s head in the vehicle in front of you. Does that head turn to look as the driver passes the accident or does it – like yours is doing – continue to face directly ahead? If it’s the former, ease back a little bit because you’re following a dill. If it’s the latter, chances are it’s an off duty police officer behind the wheel.

octagonalman8:12 pm 25 Sep 18

Once I was watching vehicles pass by on Callum St in Woden. I was watching for drivers looking down. One driver was obviously on their phone. I could tell this one was an on-duty police officer in a marked vehicle.
Look both ways before crossing the road and try to spot driver inattention!

I do not see anything in the police comments about providing a reasonable distance from the vehicle ahead just in case it all goes to custard. Strange considering this appears to be a series of crashes caused by tailgating.

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