after the response on the reason canberra drivers are apparently so awful thread, i also suspect some of the road rules and intricacies of canberra’s roads are somewhat to blame – the ‘turn left when you want’ signs (or whatever they actually say) at a number of intersections for one. the others include being able to execute a u-turn at traffic lights, which i believe is an infringement across the border.
my beef is that some of these intersectons with ‘left turn permitted after stopping’ signs, like adjacent to glebe park in civic and a couple out of kingston onto wentworh [sic] ave, are on intersections where you really don’t have a good view of what’s coming from your right, yet there are myriad others where there is little traffic (relative to these intersections) with good clear lines of sight and no permission given to make a red turn after stopping (another stricture canberra drivers don’t seem good at obeying, stopping at stop signs – their arrogance makes them go when they can, to hell with the need to actually stop…)
why is this so and what was the driver (pun intended) for signing these intersections with permission to turn, yet denying it to others? anyone?