En­gi­neers odd

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Do we have some odd so-called ‘‘traf­fic en­gi­neers’’ within the city coun­cil?

In­stead of mov­ing the 50kmh sign, close to the row­ing club [in Ti­tahi Bay], fur­ther south 20 me­tres and paint­ing ‘‘50kmh area’’ on the road sur­face, as is done over­seas, to warn mo­torists to slow down, they are go­ing to move said sign 135 me­tres south of the Te Pene Ave in­ter­sec­tion.

What will be their next move, mak­ing it 50kmh along the whole road? Or tak­ing us back to the early days of mo­tor­ing when some­one walked in front of ev­ery ve­hi­cle with a red flag?

They seem to have this fix­a­tion with putting as many im­ped­i­ments as they can, on ev­ery bit of road­way, along with signs on new poles, where there are ex­ist­ing ones.

The more phys­i­cal and visual pol­lu­tion the bet­ter.

Some ques­tions need an­swer­ing. What are their qual­i­fi­ca­tions to do this job? Are these kept up to date and com­ply­ing with best prac­tice?

Do they phys­i­cally and covertly watch the traf­fic pat­terns and be­hav­iour, or rely on anec­do­tal ev­i­dence and a PC screen in a nice warm of­fice?

I sup­pose, af­ter the 16 year old got knocked over on Au­gust 24, not far from the He­riot Street in­ter­sec­tion, this will be their next tar­get.

Driver ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment as nec­es­sary, is re­quired, not dra­co­nian speed lim­its that pun­ish all, not the few who flout the rules.

BEN­JAMIN R TRE­DREA, Ti­tahi Bay.

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