Fol­low road rules

Hamilton News - - OPINION -

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

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