ON THE ROAD
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.