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Unbelievable drivers

By dazzab 4 July 2012 77

I doubt that bad driving in Canberra is news worthy but today I witnessed something that really made me wonder how people get their drivers licenses.

Middle of a lovely sunny day in very light traffic I’m heading East on Ginnenderra Drive and pull up to a red light at Kingsford Smith intersection. I notice an ambulance in the distance heading West on Ginnenderra with siren blaring and lights flashing. I think to myself how easy he will get through the interesection given how little traffic there is and I’m a bit suprised at how cautiously he approaches given how open the interesection is.

As I sit there and watch in disbelief, a car on Kingsford Smith makes a right turn across the path of the ambulance. They had been stopped waiting for the light to turn green and when it did they just made the turn as normal in spite of an ambulance just a few metres away with siren and lights on trying to cross the intersection. OK, benefit of doubt to the driver as maybe there was some reason they didn’t yield. Maybe they were busy texting or talking on the phone.

But then the car behind them continues through the light as well and then the third, fourth and fifth car as well! That’s right, five cars turned across the path of an ambulance attempting to cross the intersection as if it wasn’t even there.  The ambulance was forced to sit there and wait. Simply unbelievable.

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LSWCHP 11:10 pm 01 Nov 12

poetix said :

LSWCHP said :

Or is it the case that this person is like the Western gunslinger who goes into a bar and orders Sarsparilla? Hard ore to the max…

‘A sarsaparilla bartender.’
‘Yes ma’am.’ (Pours drink, hand shaking.) ‘Rumour has it that your Hard Ore Gina, the fastest spade-swinger in the West.’
‘Rumour is like tax. Don’t you pay ’em no attention. Fill her up. Unless you want a little…recitation.’
‘No ma’am, I mean yes ma’am. I mean…’ Bartender faints. Gina reaches over and grabs bottle, shaking head. ‘Can’t get no good help these days.’

Damn, I do believe the piss is being taken…

If you’re not careful I’ll have to give you my long and learned dissertation about references to software engineering in the works of William Shakespeare.

For example, did you know that “Yea, from the table of my memory. I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records.” is actually a bitter comment about database index corruption?

For all this compellingly obscure poetic action, and more, come along to the Stromlo Brew-fest on Dec 8. 🙂

poetix 10:10 pm 01 Nov 12

LSWCHP said :

Or is it the case that this person is like the Western gunslinger who goes into a bar and orders Sarsparilla? Hard ore to the max…

‘A sarsaparilla bartender.’
‘Yes ma’am.’ (Pours drink, hand shaking.) ‘Rumour has it that your Hard Ore Gina, the fastest spade-swinger in the West.’
‘Rumour is like tax. Don’t you pay ’em no attention. Fill her up. Unless you want a little…recitation.’
‘No ma’am, I mean yes ma’am. I mean…’ Bartender faints. Gina reaches over and grabs bottle, shaking head. ‘Can’t get no good help these days.’

Watson 9:39 pm 01 Nov 12

norman1985 said :

and i get very aggrivated at those pedestrians, its bloody common courtesy to let some traffic through at times, one or two people will stop,then an idiot will walk right on through, not caring about anyone but themselves, walking sloooooow

You gotta be joking? I never do this as a pedestrian and I definitely would not expect that when I’m in the car. How on earth do you expect pedestrians to know how long poor up you have been waiting there? How would they coordinate a gap with their fellow pedestrians so you can drive through? If you can’t cope with those ultra busy crossings, take another route!

Spitfire3 7:55 pm 01 Nov 12

norman1985 said :

i would rather be in front of this idiot then behind as i dont trust being behind people that think the road is a game.

If you’re talking in terms of your safety, I think you’re much better off behind than in front of him.

If you’re behind, you control whether you run into him. If you’re in front, he controls whether he hits you and all you can do about it is drive ever faster while your eyes are glued to the rear view mirror.

cranky 7:28 pm 01 Nov 12

I have to applaud the Monaro Highway motorists (heading North AM) who invariably allow traffic entering from Lanyon Drive at Hume to blend seamlessly into the flow.

Restores your faith in Canberra drivers. 🙂

norman1985 6:46 pm 01 Nov 12

cring said :

People in Gungahlin don’t know how to park – they chuck the road rules out the window in a car park.

Pedestrians on Marcus Clarke don’t know how to cross the street during peak hour traffic.

Canberrans generally don’t know how to merge at Form One Lane points – if you have to speed through to fight for right of way, you are not entitled to right of way.

Thank you, I’m glad I could get that off my chest…

all true, i am so sick of people trying to race me at a form one lane when i am clearly in the lead

and i get very aggrivated at those pedestrians, its bloody common courtesy to let some traffic through at times, one or two people will stop,then an idiot will walk right on through, not caring about anyone but themselves, walking sloooooow

also,i really do not understand why the hell people do this,but they do under the speed limit,then as soon as you start to overtake they speed right up,until im forced to speed just to get past, what the??!!!
an approx 55 year old did this on gungahlin drive,was doing about 85,i gradually caught up to him as i was doing 90 so i went to overtake,i was side by side with him going 110, so i pulled in front when i finally got past,then went right on down to 90,and then he decided to shake his head n tailgate me for a bit as if i was in the wrong! i dont like to speed, but i would rather be in front of this idiot then behind as i dont trust being behind people that think the road is a game.
i should have gave him the middle finger salute, but i have respect for the elderly,even when theyre idiots

Felix the Cat 4:22 pm 27 Jul 12

Katietonia said :

I never hear sirens until the ambulance or fire engine is passing me.

Umm tried turning the car stereo down or checking the mirrors (yes, there’s more than one!)? Doesn’t sound like it.

Katietonia said :

Driving down the parkway everyday,the constant tailgating gand aggressive driving makes my blood boil.

People drive a metre behind you, then when there is a so that they can overtake, they aggressively tear off past you as close as they can to your car, sometimes beeping the horn at you or giving you the finger for doing nothing except driving AT the speed limit, not even below it.

Murderous rage is not a nice way to start the day Canberrans.

Can’t say I’ve ever experienced this, maybe your speedo isn’t reading corretly and you are actually going slower than what your speedo indicates – not that this is a reason for other drivers to behave in such a way.

cring 1:51 pm 27 Jul 12

People in Gungahlin don’t know how to park – they chuck the road rules out the window in a car park.

Pedestrians on Marcus Clarke don’t know how to cross the street during peak hour traffic.

Canberrans generally don’t know how to merge at Form One Lane points – if you have to speed through to fight for right of way, you are not entitled to right of way.

Thank you, I’m glad I could get that off my chest…

Katietonia 12:55 pm 27 Jul 12

I never hear sirens until the ambulance or fire engine is passing me.

Driving down the parkway everyday,the constant tailgating gand aggressive driving makes my blood boil.

People drive a metre behind you, then when there is a so that they can overtake, they aggressively tear off past you as close as they can to your car, sometimes beeping the horn at you or giving you the finger for doing nothing except driving AT the speed limit, not even below it.

Murderous rage is not a nice way to start the day Canberrans.

FXST01 8:09 am 27 Jul 12

Here’s an idea, when driving in fog turn your lights on. May not help you see, but it will help you be seen.

P.S. Headlights do not go on your electricity bill, so use the bloody things.

I feel better now.

Blathnat 1:16 am 27 Jul 12

Slumlord said :

Notice all the incidents posted here are on the northside. Nuf said.

Must be because only Northsiders can type ;p

But seriously. As it’s been pointed out many times, we all love to complain about how terrible Canberra drivers are, but when you think about it, the only way to know that is to be out on the roads, in which case, you’re a Canberra driver too.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:06 am 12 Jul 12

LSWCHP said :

What sort of nutter does F1 style driving in a Tarago, of all things?

Those angry middle-aged freaks who can’t afford a prado or pajero?

LSWCHP 10:52 pm 11 Jul 12

I have to say that if I was going to get into some road-raging, crazy driving and general badassness as described in this thread, the Tarago would not be my vehicle of choice.

What sort of nutter does F1 style driving in a Tarago, of all things?

Or is it the case that this person is like the Western gunslinger who goes into a bar and orders Sarsparilla? Hard ore to the max, they’ve got a people mover and they’re not afraid to drive it erratically.

Scrumpox 9:01 pm 11 Jul 12

Very Busy said :

Onceler said :

Today’s prize goes to the driver of a metallic light green Toyota Tarago, number plate beginning with YWH and ending with 000. Heading east on William Hovell Drive, then south on the Tuggeranong Parkway. The guy has skills, and was throwing that old bus around like a go-kart. Speeding, tailgating, crazy lane-changing to get past slower traffic. Made me think that a special “Tarago Cup” race series could rejuvenate Australian motor sport. (V8 supercars are a pretty boring, right?)

I’ve memorised this vehicle too due to the tool behind the wheel. I’ve seen it many times driving dangerously with no regard for other road users. Saw it one morning rushing down Drakeford Drive in peak hour weaving in and out of lanes, cutting people off. Then moved from the far left lane, across all three lanes to turn right into Athllon Dr.

Was chased around Florey by a tool in a metallic light green Tarago a couple of years ago – taking my then 5 year old son to a birthday party. My crime was to “toot” as the guy was about to pull out in front of me from a side street. The road rage went on for 20 mins. Had to drive to Belco cop shop to lose the guy. His missus was sitting in the passenger seat spaced out the whole time. At the time, I thought that this would not end well…..

norman1985 6:42 pm 11 Jul 12

Exiting south from the Parkway onto Hindmarsh Drive, there’s the slip lane but also the left lane at the lights for turning left. The number of people who block the slip lane by giving way to cars turning left from the lights into the middle lane is … frustrating.

totally agree!

i spend most of my day driving on the canberra roads for work, i am a fairly patient driver who sticks to the speed limit, and see quite a lot of idiots on these roads such as:
– ALOT of slow older drivers, i am respectful but its hard not to get annoyed when you get stuck behind one thats going 20kms or more under the speed limit and i drive a truck which thus prevents being able to change lanes sometimes as it takes me a bit to speed up
– People constantly trying to come up the side of my truck when we are about to form one lane, so many people do this,i have clearly got right of way as my truck is in front, and they always end up having to slam on thier brakes, idiots! my truck isnt a big one so its not like they are going to be stuck going slow behind me, patience people!
– Cars parked in loading zones, come on, be fair, us workers in trucks need those zones to park in, because our vechiles are hard to park,and we need access to places to do our work, i am constantly having to do laps as i always find cars in them.. however it does make my day when i come across one with a ticket on it =)
…also, utes and 4wds that park in loading zones while theyre getting lunch, you annoy me, you may be technically allowed to park there but while you do that a poor truckie is risking an $80 fine just to do thier work, why cant people be considerate and only use them if theyre actually loading or unloading goods

I actually come across a lot of police during the day in my travels from one side to the other, they are out there

And unfortunately its like racism, the bad canberrans are the ones that give us a bad name in regards to driving,i am originally from the coast, and oh boy, i dont know what it is but when canberrans get to batemans bay they seem to get so confused on the road,i always find myself getting annoyed at them, this one time a car was sitting at the lights in front of kfc, held up a line of traffic waiting to get onto the main road for 8mins or more as they were not sitting close enough to the lights, they werent on the sensor,after flashing,beeping and yelling at them to move forward they finally did, i could not believe the stupidity

Onceler 12:02 pm 07 Jul 12

JC said :

Onceler said :

Today’s prize goes to the driver of a metallic light green Toyota Tarago, number plate beginning with YWH and ending with 000. Heading east on William Hovell Drive, then south on the Tuggeranong Parkway. The guy has skills, and was throwing that old bus around like a go-kart. Speeding, tailgating, crazy lane-changing to get past slower traffic. Made me think that a special “Tarago Cup” race series could rejuvenate Australian motor sport. (V8 supercars are a pretty boring, right?)

That wasn’t around 3-3:15 by any chance? The reason I ask is I had a similar experience with a green Tarago yesterday too. I was driving along Archdall Street in Macgregor doing the 50km/h limit when a green tarago started tailgating me and swaying left right I presume in an effort to make me speed up.

Then we both turned left onto Obsourn Drive, being a fast accelerator I got away from it until I hit the speed limit and stopped accelerating and sure enough the Tarago was back up my arse. Same thing when we turned onto Florey Drive. At the Florey Drive roadworks we got stopped for 5+ minutes and once on Southern Cross Drive and the start of the dual carriageway I tried to move to the left as early as I could but the goose was in such a hurry and tried to come up my inside (bear in mind due to the roadworks we were on the wrong side of the road and had to cut back to the correct side). Once past she (and yes it was she driving) disappeared into the distance, only for me to pass her at the Kingsford Smith traffic lights where she was waiting to turn right towards William Hovell.

It was earlier in the day when I saw the Tarago do its stuff, but I reckon it’s probably the same car. Your description of the driver’s behaviour is exactly right. And a female driver eh? Good to see equal opportunity in motorised mayhem.

Very Busy 9:47 am 07 Jul 12

Onceler said :

Today’s prize goes to the driver of a metallic light green Toyota Tarago, number plate beginning with YWH and ending with 000. Heading east on William Hovell Drive, then south on the Tuggeranong Parkway. The guy has skills, and was throwing that old bus around like a go-kart. Speeding, tailgating, crazy lane-changing to get past slower traffic. Made me think that a special “Tarago Cup” race series could rejuvenate Australian motor sport. (V8 supercars are a pretty boring, right?)

I’ve memorised this vehicle too due to the tool behind the wheel. I’ve seen it many times driving dangerously with no regard for other road users. Saw it one morning rushing down Drakeford Drive in peak hour weaving in and out of lanes, cutting people off. Then moved from the far left lane, across all three lanes to turn right into Athllon Dr.

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