Follow road rules
I read your article Petition to change deadly Hamilton intersection ( Hamilton News, July 27).
As someone who has to drive through Gordonton Road every day I find the article fails to outline the real issues at play. The petition fails to explain why there are fatalities and the cause. The number of times that myself and others have to brake, and almost crash, is too many to count. This is not on account of the speed that we are dong as we are coming into Hamilton as the issue still arises when we slow to 60kmh.
The crashes happen because the people leaving Thomas Road are not following the basic road rules: When leaving an intersection the driver must take account of the speed of the cars coming to ensure that when they pull out they do not cause significant braking or a crash. In other words, there needs to be a significant gap to allow them to get up to speed before a car coming along the road they are turning onto arrives behind them.
The issue at this intersection, as with others, is ensuring the following of road rules which have been in place for many years. I know our lifestyles are getting busier than ever and it is easy to have impatient days, but this does not take away the fact that road rules are a regulation and not a nicety.
When road rules are followed, even the 80kmh, speed would not be an issue. Rogena Sterling Hamilton