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What is your most dangerous stretch of road in Canberra?

By jasmine 21 April 2014 47

Hi.
I am interested in people’s thoughts about the most dangerous stretch of road/s in Canberra.  For me it is the Hindmarsh Drive section running from the hospital to the turn off to the tip on Mugga Way.

As a shift worker I drive this piece of road in complete darkness or dimly lit (depending on daylight saving)  in the early hours and late at night.  There are no street lights on this major road which liken it to a dodgem circuit in an attempt to avoid kangaroos.   It is a rare week that goes by without seeing a dead carcass on the road.

A few street lights along this stretch of Hindmarsh Drive would make it easier to see into the distance what the lay of the land is given one cannot always have high-beam on with oncoming traffic.

What is your experience of Canberra roads and what could be done to reduce the hazards?

What’s Your opinion?


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jasmine 5:53 pm 03 May 14

Hi ACT Government
Please take note of some of the comments as far as risky hot spots.

It would be great in the interests of open government and transparency to reveal your priority list (if not already done so). Cheers

Jhoe 10:57 am 28 Apr 14

Kuringa Drive. For some odd reason in the 80 zone between the Barton and Owen Dixon drive, most people drive at 60. And then as soon as it changes to 70 they all speed up to 80. Maybe the ones who feel confident doing the speed limit are getting frustrated, making the road dangerous .

montana 9:50 am 28 Apr 14

I find any roads in Charnwood to be the most dangerous. Always remember to lock your doors as you drive around that suburb.

miz 8:45 pm 25 Apr 14

To me, ‘bad roads’ are the places I refuse to drive along in the dark. These are Johnston Drive Calwell, and Long Gully Road. Both very poorly lit and lots of roos.

And I know lots of people use and are familiar with William Hovell, but it is truly terrifying at night – poorly lit and with crazy people going hell for leather up one’s proverbial. Really gives me the willies.

Most of these problems would be easily fixed with improved lighting.

Alderney 8:18 am 25 Apr 14

Monomyth said :

My problem with Hindmarsh is the average speed cameras. Instead of motorists slowing down to 60 when they pass a speed camera place at one interval, they now slow down to 60 when they pass by each of the three.

Two average speed cameras.

The one on Yamba is a red light/speed camera.

Yes, I know that’s four posts in a row on the one thread. I’ll just go now.

Alderney 8:16 am 25 Apr 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Hindmarsh drive dangerous? Some people need to get out of Canberra more. It’s wide and multi-laned, well maintained and subject to relatively low speed limits. Try driving to the coast at night by way of comparison.

If you don’t feel you can do 80km’s over the hill at night, then slow down a bit. Driving below the limit is fine, just stick to the left hand lane.

You sound like you might be the voice of reason.

You wont be back here long will you..

Alderney 8:14 am 25 Apr 14

thatsnotme said :

It probably to some extent depends on how ‘dangerous’ is being measured.

This is accurately summed up in the responses to this thread.

Everyone thinks their stretch of road is the most dangerous, because to them, it is.

Governments have only statistics (crash/injuries/deaths) by which to measure their ‘priority lists’.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Fancy having a different view than any of the constituents. Who’d be in government ay.

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