In­ter­sec­tion needs fix­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


A con­crete bar­rier so traf­fic can­not turn right out of Shell onto Mun­gavin Ave is a good move. The right turn into Awa­tea St should also be changed.

The road code clearly states that when turn­ing right, keep the ve­hi­cle wheels straight ahead so that if you are hit from be­hind, you will go straight ahead and not be pushed into on­com­ing traf­fic. Have a look and you will no­tice that the turn lane is fac­ing across the road. I spoke to the coun­cil about it years ago, but as usual, I was fobbed off.

Also, there is a give way for cars turn­ing right into Mun­gavin Ave from Awa­tea St and the cars wait­ing to turn into Awa­tea St will not give way to cars com­ing out of Awa­tea street.

The Arawhata-Awa­tea in­ter­sec­tion has a give way on both sides, but the prob­lem is peo­ple com­ing up to it are trav­el­ling too fast and per­haps un­able to stop, or se­lect­ing the wrong gap: they do not move off so that they can stop if they have to.

It’s a mat­ter of driv­ing to the con­di­tions, know­ing the road rules and driver re­spon­si­bil­ity. – CATHY TAINUI,


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