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Zebra ‘Death’ Crossings in Canberra

By big__jezz - 28 July 2011 49

I was wondering if anybody else has nearly been cleaned up by cars not stopping at zebra crossings.  One in particular which I cross on the way to/from work.  Cars turning left out of Catchpole St, heading onto Belconnen way.  I could literally reach out and touch the cars if I wanted to!

This has happened to me three times in the last couple of months, and I witnessed another girl almost get hit.  Next time I have my umbrella with me when it is raining, I may just scratch the car with it…..

But all jokes aside, it is dangerous, and something needs to be done. 

Better signing perhaps?

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Doc Dogg 5:43 pm 31 Jul 11

I haven’t had any trouble crossing at zebra crossings, but I do allow for inattentive drivers by making eye contact and raising my hand in a semi wave. If the driver doesn’t acknowledge me, I stop walking to see if they will stop (so far all but 2 or 3 have stopped).

I generally drive quite slow up to pedestrian crossings to allow plenty of time to stop however I have been caught out a few times by people crossing the road a car length before or after the crossing and who still expect me to stop (which I do so I don’t dent my car 😀 ). I also have been caught out by people who walk along and then suddenly turn at the last minute and cross the road without looking at me or seeing if I am going to stop. However I have only ever come close to hitting someone twice. The first was at the crossing near the belco labor club where some bright spark decided to put a fence panel right by the crossing that blocked the view of the footpath (it has since been moved back about 2m), I was caught by surprise when a bloke came running out from behind the fence onto the crossing without looking at a rate of knots. I missed him as I was driving slow but it scared me.
Second time I had stopped at the crossing near Belco Mall for a bunch of teen misfits, they decided to walk slow across the crossing and one -not satisfied with holding me up for 5 seconds I presume- decided to stand in front of my car with his back turned admiring the lake…I gave a short beep and he turned and gave me the finger much to the amusement of his friends. They stopped laughing when I started moving forward and made their obnoxious friends jump out of my way, lest he become a hood ornament….little punk.

MRT 4:56 pm 30 Jul 11

Canberra drivers generally speaking don’t have much regard for many road rules, speeding in 40k zones where there are people doing road works is never adhered too. Personally, I never step onto a crossing until the car has stoped and/or I have eye contact with the driver, one too many near misses for me.

Watson 12:15 pm 29 Jul 11

Jethro said :

lalainoz said :

I think there are bad drivers everywhere. I am generally more worried about the ease with which the majority of Canberra drivers tailgate so closely and are unprepared for the cars they are tailgating having to slow down suddenly.

Yep. This is one of the worst things about Canberra drivers – most don’t seem to understand the concept of a safe following distance. So many times I have been at the back of a line of 15 or 20 cars on a high speed road such as William Hovell Drive and noticed that literally every car in front of me is no more than half a second behind the car in front.

The number of nose to tails in this town must be pretty high. I drove past two yesterday.

“Frequent crash types in the ACT include:

“right angle collisions” (representing around 27% of all casualty crashes),
“rear end collisions” (46% of all crashes) and
“single vehicle crashes” (15% of all crashes).”

Source: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/roads/road_safety/safer_roads_and_roadsides

I am constantly shaking my head over tailgating when I’m driving too. I just don”t get it. Doesn’t make you go faster… I know there’s lots of people who do it to pressure slow drivers to speed up, but obviously that won’t work on a busy road anyway, so why not hang back and relax? And surely I’m not the only one who deliberately slows down when tailgated?

Jethro 11:02 am 29 Jul 11

lalainoz said :

I think there are bad drivers everywhere. I am generally more worried about the ease with which the majority of Canberra drivers tailgate so closely and are unprepared for the cars they are tailgating having to slow down suddenly.

Yep. This is one of the worst things about Canberra drivers – most don’t seem to understand the concept of a safe following distance. So many times I have been at the back of a line of 15 or 20 cars on a high speed road such as William Hovell Drive and noticed that literally every car in front of me is no more than half a second behind the car in front.

The number of nose to tails in this town must be pretty high. I drove past two yesterday.

Solidarity 10:57 am 29 Jul 11

I’ve seen heaps of people run red lights recently. I think people are getting sick of them and just don’t care anymore, perhaps there are too many?

Kim63 10:55 am 29 Jul 11

When I use one of those crossings, I make sure the driver notices that I am reading his or her number plate and if they don’t stop I write it down. I know there is not much I can do with this information but it might make the driver feel guilty. Now I think about it, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a photo of the recalcitrant driver and send it to the police.

maniac 10:32 am 29 Jul 11

This is from a friend of mine:

“People NEVER stop for the Cameron Avenue zebra crossing. You have to stop, and stare the driver in the eyes to get them to stop. One woman saw, me, slammed on the brakes, but it was too late and she just slid right through the zebra crossing.”

I have had similar experiences at the Benjamin Way crossing by the Westfield. I’ve had drivers cut me off then smile and wave – wtfoes?

Jivrashia 10:12 am 29 Jul 11

krasny said :

It’s not a zebra crossing, but I’ve had one accident and some near misses on the slip lane from Ellenborough onto Ginninderra in Lyneham.

Krasny, see my post #24 above. It’s Mout St. (name changes to Ellenborough St. on the North Lyneham side), which is the side with the cycling lane you speak of that drivers merge into to hit their need for (80km/h) speed.

KeenGolfer said :

– approach pedestrian crossing too quickly to stop safely $273/3 points
– not give way to pedestrian on pedestrian crossing $273/3 points

Some of them are also offences for the pedestrian, eg:
– stay on crossing longer than necessary $67

too quickly
(no rules on who has the right of way when both pedestrian AND car are approaching the zebra crossing at the same time)
longer than necessary

Thanks KeenGolfer, you have just reinforced my point.

Watson 9:51 am 29 Jul 11

farnarkler said :

TAMS should use the speed humps such as those on Macpherson St O’Connor near pedestrian crossings to slow traffic down.

They are safer, but now I have seen them build one at the Watson primary school – a whole team, 3 weeks and still going – I can safely guess they are insanely expensive.

I must admit that I’ve been taken by surprise by pedestrians at zebra crossings. Either because I was not paying enough attention or because they were invisible behind the stupidly thick frame around my windscreen. So I now pay a lot more attention, always slow down considerably at crossings, look both ways at least twice (that usually counters the visibility issue) and if it’s one with low visibility at either end, I will virtually come to a stop to get a clear view.

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