Readers have their say about everything on wheels
MOVE ON THE RED
AFTER visiting the US, where I encountered turning right on red, I wrote to VicRoads and suggested this should be considered.
The reply was it was unsafe and would not be considered.
I also suggested painting of speed limits on the road as in most European countries.
The answer was painted signs could reduce adhesion when braking, yet it works in many countries with worse weather than Australia.
Doug Coulson, Ringwood We have to increase the pressure, perhaps with a motorist party in the political arena.
TURN LEFT, RIGHT?
I CAN’T understand the RTA and state government’s reasons for not adopting your idea of turning left at red lights. I have driven many kilometres over the years in the US and Canada and the turn right after stopping works so well and reduces traffic jams. Many times I’ll stop at lights, nothing is around and yet I have to wait for a green light. As long as drivers look out for pedestrians, this concept should be rolled out today.
Steve Edwards, email
GO WITH THE FLOW
IF I could add something to your campaign that might save time and fuel, what about traffic-signal phasing? Next time you’re driving and stopped on a quiet side street take note of how long you spend at the red lights, while the crossroad is empty and the lights are green. Then, just up the road, the next intersection goes green and by the time that group of cars makes it to your intersection the green signals have turned red for them. You get the green now, but those cars that only just started to wind up have to stop again. Wouldn’t it be excellent if the lights you were sitting at were green when no traffic was coming along the cross-street, and the cross-street had the red, but by the time the group of cars on the cross-street arrived at the red signal it had already turned green again allowing a continuous flow? My understanding from the NSW RTA is that this is called tidal-flow traffic management. Well, I think it doesn’t work and it needs a review, for peak and non-peak times. While I’m at it, what about bus-priority lights? How ridiculous is it for buses to get a priority signal so they get in front of the tidal-wave of cars that just fought to get pass them two sets of lights earlier?
Duane Dempster, email
Not considered: VicRoads says turning at a red light is unsafe.