Mo­torists mud­dling old and new rules

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

‘‘The hon­ey­moon pe­riod is over,’’ says Porirua City Coun­cil road safety co-or­di­na­tor Mark Kairua of the new give-way rules.

Mo­torists are for­get­ting the new rules. When two give-way rules changed on March 25, driv­ers were over-cau­tious and fol­lowed the rules well, but now they are hes­i­tant at in­ter­sec­tions, Mr Kairua says.

Though there have been no ac­ci­dents re­lat­ing to the rule changes, he says peo­ple are con­fus­ing the new rules with the old ones.

‘‘ What’s hap­pen­ing now is peo­ple are get­ting the two mixed up.’’

One in­ter­sec­tion which is caus­ing con­fu­sion is the T-junc­tion where Post­gate Dr meets Omapere St in Whitby. Cars turn­ing left from Spin­naker Dr on to Omapere St en­ter a merg­ing lane, and need to give way to right-turn­ing traf­fic from Post­gate Dr, Mr Kairua says.

This seems to con­tra­dict the new give-way rule, but a dot­ted line sep­a­rat­ing the merg­ing lane from Omapere St means cars on the merg­ing lane must give way, he says.

How­ever, cars in the merg­ing lane do not need to sit and wait for right- turn­ing cars on Post­gate Dr to pass them on Omapere St, Mr Kairua says. If the left-turn­ing car can safely en­ter Omapere St be­fore the right-turn­ing car has an op­por­tu­nity to turn on to Omapere St, that is not a prob­lem.

If driv­ers are un­sure who has right of way at any in­ter­sec­tion, they should let the other car go, Mr Kairua says.

‘‘If in doubt, leave it out. If you’re doubt­ing who goes first, stop and let the other car go.’’

Don’t wait: Left-turn­ing cars do not need to wait for right-turn­ing cars if they can safely en­ter Omapere St first.

Give way: Left-turn­ing cars merg­ing from a slip lane into Omapere St must give way to traf­fic.

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