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The re­cent bian­nual Qual­ity of Life sur­vey re­sults re­vealed dan­ger­ous driv­ing to be the crime that con­cerned Porirua res­i­dents the most.

With this in mind, Kapi-Mana News sent Aotea Col­lege Gate­way stu­dent Ni­cole Bax­ter un­der the canopies in cen­tral Porirua to ask folks what bad driv­ing habits frus­trate or anger them the most; whether they were guilty of bad habits them­selves, and what they thought of the 2012 rule change, whereby traf­fic turn­ing left will no longer be re­quired to give way to right-turn­ing on­com­ing traf­fic. Ni­cola Henkes, of Tawa, an­noyed by slow driv­ers.

‘‘They sit be­low the speed limit, some peo­ple get im­pa­tient. Also, peo­ple not in­di­cat­ing when chang­ing lanes, you don’t know where they’re go­ing.’’

Ms Henkes says she is ‘‘pos­si­bly’’ guilty of the odd driv­ing in­frac­tion her­self and reck­ons traf­fic turn­ing left should still give way to on­com­ing traf­fic turn­ing right.

‘‘Don’t change things. Peo­ple will stuff it up.’’

Chas Man­nell, from John­sonville, is most peeved by driv­ers who don’t in­di­cate since it’s both dan­ger­ous and an­noy­ing – as is tail­gat­ing.

And that’s not all.

‘‘ Peo­ple who push in front, they think it’s a race in­stead of merg­ing like a zip.’’

Mr Man­nell ad­mits he for­gets to

is most in­di­cate some­times. He be­lieves the changes to the give way rule make sense.

Tawa man Shane Wini­ata has no time for speed­sters.

‘‘Peo­ple go too fast most of the time. At cross­ings, don’t know if they’re go­ing to stop.’’

Mr Wini­ata has no bad driv­ing habits since he does not drive at all any more. He was am­biva­lent about the give way law change.

‘‘ Peo­ple who don’t in­di­cate at round­abouts,’’ vented Kapiti wo­man Sharon Cooper.

‘‘It causes ac­ci­dents.’’

She did not think she was guilty of any bad habits her­self.

‘‘ I work with driv­ing in­struc­tors so you’d hope not.’’

She wasn’t fussed about the give way rules chang­ing, but felt there may be some con­fu­sion for other mo­torists.

Ti­tahi Bay’s Lisa Hooper-Kuiti gets an­noyed by driv­ers who don’t in­di­cate – es­pe­cially at round­abouts – and bus driv­ers who pull out with­out warn­ing.

She ac­cepts she oc­ca­sion­ally gets it wrong her­self and wishes ev­ery­one good luck with the new give way rules.

‘‘It will be all right when ev­ery­one knows it.’’

Whitby man Matt Grant has had enough of driv­ers who are in­con­sis­tent in their speed, some­thing he is not guilty of be­cause he uses cruise con­trol.

He says New Zealand is the only coun­try in the world where traf­fic turn­ing, and not cross­ing the cen­tre-line, must give way. He sup­ports the switch.

‘‘It fol­lows the rules of the road code bet­ter.’’

Lynne Tem­ple­ton, of Tawa, an­noyed by driv­ers who don’t un­der­stand or ap­ply the road rules.

At the same time, she openly ad­mits she makes mis­takes on the road.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely, we all are [guilty].’’

She feels in­dif­fer­ent to the in­com­ing rule changes.

‘‘The im­por­tant thing is the rule makes sense and that ev­ery­one fol­lows it.’’ Kevin Ed­monds’ road safety gripe is driv­ers talk­ing on their cell­phones; they are not con­cen­trat­ing on the road and could cause an ac­ci­dent.

‘‘ Speed­ing, go­ing too fast is the big­gest one for me.’’

The Tawa man says he’s prob­a­bly guilty of bad habits him­self and feels the new give way rule is the right way to go – although it’s still con­fus­ing.


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